Violence against women is widespread in Sri Lanka. Incidences of rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence, incest, assault, obscenity against women and unwanted advances are among several acts of violence against women that prevail in Sri Lankan society. These issues receive attention from diverse sectors such as the State, non-governmental sector and civil society which address preventive methods and redress for victims. Despite this attention, violence against women continues to take place in the private and public sphere and the measures taken to prevent and redress this situation remain insufficient.
With the intention of equipping the Women and Children’s Unit of the Sri Lanka Police, particularly in the North of the island, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka held a 1 day seminar at the Police Training Centre, Vavuniya on 25th June, 2013. The seminar addressed how to deal with complaints and grievances and empower the victims in order to improve the overall social position of women and children.
Several distinguished speakers addressed the audience of 92 police officers from Jaffna, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Chilaw. A participant said “Most cases revolve on violence against women, alcoholism and extra marital affairs. This seminar was very useful to me as I learnt more effective approaches to handling the plight of victims.”