Domestic violence is a unique crime in that the offender often lives in the same home as the victim. Historically, domestic violence was considered a private family matter and police intervention often consisted of advising the abuser to "cool off" or to "take a walk".
This attitude began to change and now domestic violence is recognised as a serious crime against the individual and society.
As such, the Namibian Police Force treat domestic violence incidents in the same professional manner as all other crimes and requests for police service by providing immediate, effective assistance and protection for victims and witnesses.
"To protect and serve all people in Namibia".
"To render the necessary quality service, as laid down in the Police Act, with due consideration for the fundamental human rights and freedoms, without compromising in upholding the tenets of law and order, safety and security of all persons."
The Namibian Police Force upholds and maintains, with a firm commitment, by following the Values listed below: To deliver quality services. To uphold the principles of the rule of law, national commitment and unwavering patriotism. To respect the supreme law of the Republic of Namibia. To be accountable to the nation and the community we are serving.
- Develop a safety plan
- Inform those you trust of your situation
- Report or call the Acting Unit Commander of Women & Child Protection Unit W/O Kayipiti at Tel +264 61- 2095329 (w) / +264 81 296 2322, to assist in obtaining a protection order, which is a court order requiring your abuser to stop abusing, harassing or stalking you. You can get a protection order even if you are living with your abuser. Keep your protection order. The police advices you to have several copies and give to relevant trusted family members and friends as this helps incase of an emergency.
- Make sure that your children's school or day care center knows who is authorized to pick up your children. Let them know who is NOT authorized.
- Change your routes to and from work, if your abuser has stalked or threatend you.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP VICTIMS?
Khomas Region Community Affairs has a guideline structure to assist its community on how to report social problems that will fall under community problem solving & orientation >see structure