oa De Rebus - NADEL launches Dullah Omar Project to fight gender-based sexual violence 'war' : news

Volume 2014, Issue 538
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



At the launch of the Dullah Omar Project against GenderĂ¢??Based Sexual Violence in Durban at the end of November 2013, National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) members committed themselves to -

  • disseminating an information checklist to educate members of the public with regard to the importance of preserving evidence in gender-based violent crimes;
  • cooperating with stakeholders such as the South African Police Service (SAPS), the DNA Project and community caregivers to compile and disseminate information documents for the public;
  • empowering children so that the voices of child victims are heard through child leadership programmes;
  • promoting better communication and the empowerment of vulnerable and disabled victims of sexual crimes, including the availability of sign-language interpreters in courts as well as guidelines for the cross-examination of 'vulnerable' witnesses where improper examination by legal practitioners should be made a disciplinary offence; and
  • providing guidance to the SAPS on taking proper statements.

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