PG suggests that a fund be established to compensate victims of GBV who cannot fend for themselves

WINDHOEK: Prosecutor-General (PG) Olivia Martha Imalwa has suggested that a fund be established to compensate victims of gender-based violence (GBV) who cannot fend for themselves while the perpetrators, who are breadwinners, are in jail.

She made this proposal today during discussions on the legal responses to GBV as part of the Second National Conference on GBV underway in the capital.

The PG stated that the law is there, but what is needed is for all of them, including prosecutors, to be educated on it because we do not know the law.

She said specialised courses on GBV should also be introduced to train all key players in overcoming this phenomenon.

Some traditional councillors, also attending the three-day conference, said the easy acquisition of weapons to kill is a grave concern.

Other participants said when GBV is reported, the main focus is on prosecuting the offender, but upon being granted bail, the perpetrator returns to his/her partner a more aggressive person, a situation they want to see changed in one or other way to ensure the safety of the victim.

Another concern raised during the discussions was that the legal system benefits women more than men, such that law-enforcement agents chase away and even laugh at men who want to report GBV perpetrated against them.