The WCCC was invited to do a session on the topic – “ Victims of Crime “ at the Police Training School at Longolongo on Wednesday the 9th of February.
WCCC Counselors Team Leader Süsana ‘Uhatafe , Research Officer Lu’isa Sāmani , Commuications Officer Leeanne Torpey and Community Education Team Leader Lësila Tö’ia were there to do the presentation.
Lësila started the session by introducing the team .
She continued talking about the Centre and the services it provides.
She also talked about the structure of the Centre , referral system ,networking with related stakeholders. Lu’isa then talked about the statistics and its analysis, revealing that there are a number of clients who are victims of crime that do not report directly to the Police.
Then finally Süsana talked about the role of counsellors and the 24 hours counseling services the Centre provides. She also emphasized the impacts of different forms of violence on the survivors and victims’ lives.
There were 20 people altogether – 18 men and 2 women. Community Education Team Leader, Lesila To’ia said,
“The programme was really good because we can tell from the questions they asked that there were some misunderstandings about the issues that the Centre lobbies for. Clarification of the answers made them aware of how the law stands with regards to violence.
Though we noticed that some of them brought up the myths about domestic violence , majority of them accepted our talk and were willing to work together with us in addressing these issues at the end .
Especially on lobbying for women’s rights and eliminating violence against women and children which is a positive sign and very much needed from these men in uniform”.