EUPOL to help combat violence against women
KABUL(PAN): The European Union's police mission (EUPOL) in Afghanistan, marking the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, reiterated its commitment on Monday to combating violence against Afghan women.
"EUPOL does this in close cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the Afghan National Police, the Attorney General's Office and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission," the mission said.
Geoffrey Cooper, the deputy head of mission, said: "We regard Family Response Units, part of the Ministry of Interior's criminal investigations infrastructure and Violence against Women Units of the Attorney General's Office as one of the main instruments for tackling violence against women."
The Family Response Units investigate crimes against women and children, according to a EUPOL statement, which said the mission initiated efforts in 2010 to strengthen the units. EUPOL mentors the staff of the units.
In an effort to build the capacity of officers at the Family Response Unit and prosecutors working in the Violence Against Women Unit, the mission developed a basic criminal investigation training course on violence against women and sexual abuse.
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