Men who get assaulted by women or wives should report such incidents to the Police Victim Support Unit (VSU) for action, says National Coordinator Tresphord Kasale.
Mr Kasale said although the most prevalent form of violence has been against women, lately men have also been victims but felt shy to report to police.
He said the VSU had of late been receiving cases of men reporting their spouses after being beaten or harmed in marital disputes.
“A lot of men today are victims of GBV, but they still feel shy to report because they are scared of what society will think,
“A good number of men are being battered by their spouses but they can’t talk about it! But it is so overwhelming that men are now slowly opening up and reporting.” Mr. Kasale said.
He noted that most of GBV cases against men that had been reported to the unit were psychological and physical, adding that there had been no cases of sexual violence reported.
Mr. Kasale urged male victims of GBV not to hesitate to report any type of violence to the police.
“Those who feel violated should come forward and we will help them, that’s why we are here.” He said.
Mr. Kasale assured the public that whoever abused another would face the law.
He explained that the unit had been sensitizing the public on the need to report GBV regardless of gender through various media.
He said lack of knowledge on laws surrounding GBV had contributed to the rise of GBV cases in the country, adding that there was need for people to be aware of such laws.
“We’ve been doing a lot of sensitization which has seen men coming forward and report about being abuse by their wives, awareness should be on-going.” He added.
Mr. Kasale also advised men to be faithful to their wives, in order to avoid violence.
“There is too much infidelity; issues of extra marital relationships among men should be minimized.” He said.
Mr. Kasale further called on Zambians to stand up and contribute in the fight against GBV, stressing that the issue could compromise national development and security left uncheck.