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Workshop " Trainer of Trainers for the DAV system Strengthening of the National Civil Police"

In Guatemala City, on January 24 th, 25 th and 26 th of 2018, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) held the Workshop " Trainer of Trainers for strengthening the DAV system".

The workshop was developed within the framework of the Essential Services Package for women and girls who suffer violence, a set of practical guides with standards and routes for the assurance of quality of multisector services. The project is inter-agency implemented between UN Women UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC. UNODC develops actions with the National Civil Police (PNC) based on the Module 3 Judicial and Police Services. UNODC seeks to strengthen the PNC in the Essential Services of Prevention, Initial Contact and Criminal Investigation.

The workshop Trainer of Trainers for the strengthening of the DAV was based on the guidelines of the Initial Contact Essential Service. The Victim Assistance Department (DAV) is a Police Unit with specialized personnel in facilitating access to restorative justice for victims of domestic violence, violence against women, sexual violence, violence against children and against older adults, through the reception of complaints with quality care and warmth. The Workshop was developed with a human rights and intersectionality approach for the recording and analysis of victimological data.

The workshop had the participation of several Ombudsman of the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman: The Ombudsman for the elderly, Ombudsman for children and adolescents, Ombudsman for people with disabilities, Ombudsman for women, Ombudsman for indigenous peoples; so, the police officers know the Human Rights Ombudsman work and the intersectionality of violence and the importance to record data with this approach. The trainers aim to train other police officers who register cases of violence against women and children and reduce the under-recording of these cases. Overall, the information recorded in the DAV System of the PNC will improve qualitatively and quantitatively.

We thank our sponsor, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, for their generous financial support in the implementation of the Essential Services Package.