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Sensitive Policing Practices: Handling Women and Vulnerable Groups

Humaira Masihudddin

Abstract
The sensitive handling of victims of crime, specifically women and other vulnerable
groups in society, has become a matter of great concern not only in most criminal
justice organizations across the globe but also within international organizations, i.e.
UN, EU, USAID, etc. This issue has become even more obvious in Pakistan where
cultural and ideological beliefs and norms continue to support a male dominant society.
It is critical that government, criminal justice, and law enforcement administrators
ensure that proper training and understanding is provided to front line personnel and
community service organizations to make sure that all victims of crime feel confident
that their concerns are properly and professionally addressed.

Keywords: Law enforcement; victimology; Pakistan; domestic violence