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Programmes should promote open communication which empowers survivors and communities

Given the general distrust of police and limited collaboration that often characterizes the relationship between uniformed personnel and women’s organizations, as well as survivors themselves, it is imperative that police work to strengthen relationships by using open communication and demonstrating their commitment to the issue. This can help to reduce negative external perceptions about police and can improve the ability of personnel to enter into communities to better understand the concerns and security needs of women and girls.