Latest figures from the Zambia Police Service show that there has been an increase of 16.2% in the number of gender based violence cases reported throughout the country in 2015 compared to 2014.
A total number of 18,088 cases were reported in 2015 while 2014 had 15,153 cases.
Topping the list of cases reported were 6,205 Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, 2,759 defilement cases and 1,569 cases of neglecting to provide and 1378 failing to provide cases.
Other commonly reported gender based violence cases included Rape, Assault on a child, Indecent assault, Murder, Incest, Sexual Harassment, Child desertion and Unlawful wounding.
This is according to a statement released by Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda.
Mrs Chanda said out of the defilement cases reported, Lusaka recorded the highest with 1,586, Eastern had 247, Copperbelt 194 while the lowest was Luapula with 29 cases.
“The increase in the number of cases reported is attributed to the numerous sensitization campaigns being conducted by the Zambia Police in collaboration with stakeholders. The Zambia Police Service has also intensified the use of the Nkhwazi Theatre Club in sensitizing members of the community on issues of gender based violence,” she said.
“The Zambia Police Service Schools Liaisons unit has been going into schools to sensitize school-going children on issues of gender based violence. This has contributed to rise in the number of children reporting such cases to the police either directly or through third parties. Information on the introduction of the Gender Based Violence Mobile Fast Track Court has also been incorporated in the sensitization campaigns in order to encourage victims to report the cases to the police.”