Domestic violence inmates encouraged to think differently
In an attempt to break the cycle of domestic violence, Makhanda police and the Department of Correctional Service engaged one hundred inmates convicted of crimes against women and children at the Grahamstown Correctional on the last day of August, Women’s month.
The aim was facilitating a mental shift, or re-socialising the inmates on how to treat women and children, dispelling stereotypes to ensure that, upon their release, the inmates may respect people enough to not commit the same crimes.
“Power and control by perpetrators often lead to domestic violence and eventually their incarceration. The vicious cycle not only leads to assaults and sexual abuse but sadly the loss of life. Victims of abuse include close family members and children who become instant orphans,” said Captain Mali Govender, spokesperson for the police.
A memorandum from women working within South African Correctional Centres was read out to the inmates, as a plea for better treatment and respect. The police welcomed this initiative and agreed that it is about time that men who are convicted of such crimes, be addressed directly and not spoken to in general.
“A man is the head but a woman is every ligament of the body that assists the head to function well. A man is created and given the responsibility to cultivate and bring change around him, a man is a wall that protects the beauty and value of everything around him.
A man is a protector that is why he is created with stronger bones and bigger ligaments,” said Constable Lonwabo Ndzima, co-ordinator for Domestic Violence at the Joza Police Station in Makhanda.