The Director of Kigali Forensic Laboratory, Commissioner of Police (CP) Daniel Nyamwasa, has told residents of Kinyinya Sector in Gasabo District that one of the most appropriate means to mitigate and ultimately eliminate cases of domestic violence and child abuse is through sharing information with security organs and local leaders.
He made the remarks on September 6 in a campaign against GBV and child abuse that drew thousands of Kinyinya residents.
Gasabo, according to Police statistics, tops other districts in the City of Kigali with high cases of domestic violence.
“Child abuse and domestic violence can manifest in different forms including physical, sexual, psychological, economic harm or suffering of a spouse or a child; it is characterized by threats of such acts, arbitrary deprivation of liberty and can occur in public or in privacy,” said CP Nyamwasa.
“You don’t have to wait for any domestic misunderstanding erupt into violence; if you ignore such a situation, then know that such violence will eventually spill over to your home as well,” he added.
Addressing residents, vice mayor Nyirabahire who co-chaired the meeting said: “When such violence is happening in your neighbourhood you should not ignore it … remember when it worsens, it’s likely to affect you as well. We can’t live in comfort when our neighbour’s homes are wrecked.”
Mayor added that most of the GBV cases received are related to drug abuse, “if we want to eliminate the scourge we need to collaboratively tackle it from bottom”.