Over 300 Community Victim Support Units (CVSUs) have been established to provide gender based violence services at the community level. CVSU’s are established as a safe haven for victims of violence and abuse, but also act to ensure the prevention and the rehabilitation of victims, especially focusing on women and children. After providing shelter to a victim after an attack or case of abuse, the newly rehabilitated CVSU also ensures that the victim receives the necessary counselling and advice, and is referred to the police or other specialist service providers such as hospitals if necessary. The Malawi Police Service continues to operate Victim Support Units, often with the support of NGOs and development partners. By 2013, the Community Support and Justice Programme of the Malawi Police Service had established Victim Support Units in 34 police stations, 61 police posts and 101 police units that were run by well trained personnel.
Source of Information
The Government of Malawi, National Review on the Beijing +20 2014, para. 129
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