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Domestic violence and physical assault cases dominated crime data from the Criminal Investigation Service (SIK) in the municipality of Ainaro in 2016.

Domestic violence and physical assault cases dominated crime data from the Criminal Investigation Service (SIK) in the municipality of Ainaro in 2016.

Ainaro police Commander Superintendent Justino Menezes said the cases were high due to a lack of information on domestic violence and crime laws.

“We are making efforts to reduce the number of these two cases at a grassroots level,” he said.

He said in the future it was important to strengthen the suku (village) visitation program, which has already been implemented by community police at a grassroots level.

He said door-to-door visits were an effective way to build good relationships between communities and government entities.

He said they also would introduce the several laws in relation to criminal cases, which are mentioned in articles in the penal code.

Of the 116 criminal cases registered with SIK in 2016, he said there were 48 cases of domestic violence and 42 physical assaults.

However, national MP Albina Marçal said domestic violence and physical assault cases were high across the country and not only in Ainaro.

She said the government needed to raise more awareness about the law and provide training, particularly to married couples, about how to behave well and manage their emotions.

“All entities should work together to share ideas with one another to avoid all violent actions,” she said.

She acknowledged that the government was already making efforts to prevent such crimes, but that communities also needed to act with good conscience.

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