Police establishes unit to assist rape victims in Edo

Police establishes unit to assist rape victims in Edo


The Edo Police command said it had established a Family Unit to assist rape victims to be properly integrated into the society without undergoing any psychological trauma.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Chris Ezike, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency in Benin on Thursday.

He said the unit, located outside of the Criminal Investigation Department(CID), at the police command, “is to give the victims and their families some level of privacy when lodging their complaints.’’

The commissioner said officers who man the unit were trained by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime to treat victims with dignity and self respect.

“We have moved the unit out of the CID to create a level of privacy for them because families are shy to talk about the incidents.

“The officers are trained to handle these cases with the utmost care and treat victims with human dignity why helping them to fit into the society without much psychological trauma.

“We, therefore, encourage victims to come out and lodge their complaints while the command continues to ensure the society is rid of people like the rapists’’, he said.


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