Mitchells Plain cops fight gender violence

Mitchells Plain cops have set up a database to keep a record of repeat offenders.

Mitchells Plain cops set up a database to keep a record of repeat offenders. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - In a bid to curb high levels of gender violence in Mitchells Plain, police on Monday said they plan to set up a special database which will help identify repeat offenders.

It forms part of a one-year pilot project, which includes the opening of a specialised domestic violence office.

The scourge is rampant in the area.

In the last year more than 11,000 domestic abuse cases were reported.

Western Cape Deputy Police Chief Sharon Jephta said if authorities dealt with domestic violence "properly" they can curb other crimes.

"Often domestic violence leads to rape, attempted murder, murder and serious assaults."