The Victim Empowerment and Abuser Rehabilitation Policy (VEARP) which was launched in November 2013 has galvanised efforts to denounce gender based violence, sexual abuse and harassment at the worksite.
The VEARP is a training programme targeting the human resource cadres of both private and public sectors. Potential and existing victims as well as perpetrators of Gender Based Violence can be channelled to appropriate support services.
The Victim Empowerment and Abuser Rehabilitation Policy is a strategic and practical document. It aims at:
1) Making available VEARP services to stakeholders engaged in the fight against gender-based violence so that they may assist effectively both abusers and victims to end the vicious cycle of domestic violence.
2) It is also in line with the objectives of the Ministery of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare to harness collective effort in eliminating gender-based violence.
3)It contributes, as well, to set guidelines for both the public and the private sectors in establishing workplace initiatives to fight gender-based violence.
A study commissioned by UNDP on “The Extent, Nature, and Costs of Domestic Violence to the Mauritian Economy” was conducted between 2008 and 2009 by the Mauritius Research Council. The study was released in 2010 and its key objectives were to determine the extent and nature of domestic violence in the country as well as to attempt to put a cost to this social problem. The study revealed that the burden of domestic violence in the Republic of Mauritius costed the economy some Rs. 1.4 billion (US $46,666,667) between 2008 and 2009. The Government subsequently developed the Victim Empowerment and Abuser Rehabilitation Policy, which aimed at empowering the human resource personnel of both the public and private sectors, through capacity building programmes, to detect cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and refer both victims and perpetrators to the Family Support Bureaux.
Source of Information
Government of Mauritius, National Review on Beijing +20, 2014 p. 29, 31
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