Gender Responsive Policing is a new philosophy in policing and a complete transformation from traditional policing practices to inclusive participatory approach. It demands change in the institutional culture, structure and policies of police, instigating changes in police services making them responsive to the needs of both men and women citizens. It calls for a paradigm shift inculcating gender responsiveness in policing, creating spaces for women in police and improving access of women to gender just police services.
Despite conscious efforts gender approach in police is still inadequate and deficient in many countries especially in the developing world. To achieve international standards of policing gender sensitive policies need to be formulated translating into gender specific actions to ensure gender balance in police with enhanced positioning and role of women especially in areas where they can provide better assistance to women victims of gender based violence.
Gender based violence is not only a manifestation of gender inequality, but also serves to perpetuate injustice against women. Inadequate implementation of women friendly laws and policies further increase their vulnerability. Cultural norms, traditions and customary practices have been more dominant and resistant to women protection and gender disparity in police has further increased the susceptibility of women to gender based violence.
The growing intolerance and frustration in the society has a strong link to violence against women. There is sufficient research based evidence that children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to use violence. To protect the social fabric and ensure peace in the society every state has the responsibility to devise strategies for enhancing response to gender based violence by enunciating women protection laws, formulating women friendly policies and inducting more women in police.