The Coffey managed UK Government-funded Aitebaar program has placed psychologists in police stations in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The psychologists support victims of domestic violence and help female police officers refer victims to support facilities.
The initiative is a response to the increasing number of reported cases of domestic violence in the province. Domestic violence is closely linked to depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.
Aitebaar set up the Victim Support Service in partnership with the Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Department and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Rohan Zeb has said the initiative was ‘excellent’ and that it has changed the behaviour of staff at the police stations.
It is a positive step for women complainants who, owing to the presence of these psychologists are further encouraged to visit the police stations and don’t consider a police station as a male dominated space.
“It is a positive step for women complainants who, owing to the presence of these psychologists, are further encouraged to visit the [police stations] and don’t consider a police station as a male dominated space,” Rohan said.
Aitebaar is a four year program that is working to improve security and justice services for 250,000 people, including 125,000 women.