Golomoti Police Unit and Golomoti Active Aids Support Organisation have joined forces to combat gender-based violence (GBV) in 28 villages in Traditional Authority Kachindamoto in Dedza.
Speaking on Monday at Nkholokobwa Village, Golomoti Police victim support unit desk officer Violet Ndelemani said there is a surge in GBV cases in the area as men abandon their wives and marry elsewhere after selling cow peas (khobwe).
She said: “It is like a norm that men tend to ditch their wives after selling khobwe which is currently in season.
“So, we are raising awareness on the vice, informing them that it is a crime to do so.”
Ndelemani also said they engaged community members on sexual violence against young girls and early marriages.
“I ask girls and women to report GBV cases to police,” she said.
Golomoti Active Aids Support Organisation programmes officer Aaron Sekani said they wanted to increase awareness on GBV issues.
“In collaboration with the police, we hope to reduce GBV cases,” he said.
Village head Nkholokobwa said most men abuse their wives and children.