Partnership policing and rural safety members visited St. Luke Methodist Church in St in Welkom address, women manyano circuit in particular.
Women were empowered and equipped on how to fight Gender Based Violence and bringing innovation and protecting vulnerable people.
Police officers who took part in this initiative includes of captain Mphatsoe, sergeant Sharon Majikela, constable Meitjie Jacobs and this team was led by colonel Welkom SAPS commander Beulah Siyaya.
Colonel Siyaya told women to break the silence by reporting any form of abuse and to support one another.
She further encouraged them to break this chain of the curse called domestic violence from generation to generation.
In her words Siyaya said: “Some women are afraid to report abuse because they are excessively depending on the abusers, others believe been treated in that manner is acceptable.”
“Domestic violence occur in the private places while SAPS police only public spaces. Now it will be easier for the police to confront it when it is reported,” she addressed.
She emphasized working together with the SAPS and other stakeholders, like the church will eradicate all acts of gender based violence.
Church folks were empowered and the mission was accomplished to reach out to most women including churches.