The Commission has welcomed the establishment of a toll free line by the Directorate of Community Policing, Gender and Child Protection of the National Police Service. The toll free line No. 0800730999 is for use by members of the public to report incidents of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Chairperson Dr. Joyce Mutinda said the move was welcome and a timely step especially during this time of COVID-19 pandemic when SGBV incidences have increased considerably.
Dr. Mutinda said the hotline would enhance timely response by the police officers to cases of SGBV. “The toll free line may promote levels of reporting of SGBV incidences by the survivors and members of the public thereby accelerating access to justice. Sexual and Gender Based Violence is a violation of the rights of the survivors most of whom are our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) especially children, women and persons with disability”. She added.
The Commission will continue to support a comprehensive and coordinated approach to combating SGBV including prevention, care and support, and efforts to hold perpetrators accountable.