Afghan National Police Open Family Response Unit
(CENTCOM) — Afghan officials demonstrated the country’s
commitment to human rights in January by opening the first family
response unit, a haven for victims of abuse.
Afghan officials cut the ribbon to the first-ever Afghan
National Police Family Response Unit in District 10. The
unit is intended to provide a safe haven for victims of abuse.
by Mason Lowery / Office
of Security Cooperation – Afghanistan Photo
and disabled and elderly people are welcome at the facility,
which officially opened with an all-female staff.
The Afghan National Police, which responds to domestic-violence
incidents, took the lead on the project.
[developed] countries have this program and now Afghanistan
does, too,” said Dr. Sima Samar, leader of the Afghan
Independent Human Rights Commission. “I hope people will
not be afraid to use it. I hope women will not be further punished
for coming here [and that] the police will defend their rights.”
official opening, the family-response unit already had helped
victims of abuse, police said. Ken Schauer, an American adviser
to the ANP, said the facility provides women with an option
they didn’t have before.
a female victim was previously reluctant to go to the police
and tell a male officer her personal problems, she will now
have a place to go and talk to another female,” Schauer
the issues of human rights, domestic violence and gender rights
is a priority in any society. Hopefully, over the course of
time, the concept will be expanded to other districts … across
the country,” he said.