ABOUT 300 gender based violence (GBV) cases have been recorded in North Western Province since January 2016.
Division community services officer Khama Hachunde said among the common cases was wife battery which was on the increase, bringing the total of GBV cases to 304.
Mr Hachunde said the majority of the victims were women who strangely resorted to withdrawing the cases, a situation which he said was unfortunate.
“Many of these are actually physical violence especially spouse battery where most complainants or victims are women,” he said.
He said despite the efforts by various stakeholders to sensitise members of the public on dangers of gender based violence people had continued to commit the offence.
He also said victims should not allow perpetrators to go scot free because that would be allowing the crime to continue with impunity.
“They should not take this issue lightly because that is what is greatly contributing to the increase in GBV cases in the province,” said Mr Hachunde.
He appealed to stakeholders to continue sensitizing members of the public on the dangers of GBV if the vice was to be reduced.