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Cablegate: Kabul Police Domestic Violence Training

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UNCLAS KABUL 002174

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TAGS: KPOL PREL PHUM PGOV AF
SUBJECT: KABUL POLICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING

1. (U) Political officer attended a portion of a training
workshop for 40 Kabul police officers and employees held
August 12-14 and organized by the Afghan Women Skills
Development Centre (AWSDC) and supported financially by INL.
The workshop, held at the Kabul Provincial Police
Headquarters, was the third training conducted over the past
12 months by AWSDC with the purpose of training Kabul Police
employees to respond appropriately to domestic violence cases
including how to refer victims to an INL funded shelter.

2. (U) The first two workshops held in the past year focused
on training the 44 male and female police officers who form
the 17 Police Family Response Units in Kabul. This third
workshop was open to, and primarily attended by, other Kabul
police officers and employees who volunteered to receive the
training.

3. (U) Approximately 25 male and 15 female police officers
and other employees participated in the August 12 workshop,
which consisted of a presentation on the different forms of
domestic violence and the effects of domestic violence on
families and society. Attendees actively participated
through group presentations and role play scenarios, with
many speaking up to highlight the role of increased
educational and economic opportunities as keys to reducing
domestic violence. Participants also linked domestic
violence to the common issue of Afghan boys, usually ages
9-15, who run away from home, many of whom end up working in
Pakistan and Iran as victims of trafficking. Several
participants also said that domestic violence is a cause of
increased rates of drug addiction and children,s
failure to regularly attend school.

4. (U) Poloff talked to several of the participants,
listening to their opinions of the workshop and of domestic
violence in Afghanistan. All praised the workshop as
beneficial to their work and requested that more be held.
Several women in reference to men,s treatment of women said
that while the words used when talking about addressing
violence towards women sound good, in reality there remains
much progress to be made in changing social attitudes. In
general, the workshop was well-run and well-received and
appears to have the strong support of Kabul Provincial Police
high-level authorities, several of whom were in attendance.
WOOD

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