Kabul, November 2016. Domestic violence is a widespread problem within Afghan society. The Family Response Units of the Afghan National Police were established to investigate and intervene in cases of domestic violence.

In the summer 2016, Afghanistan’s First Lady Mrs. Rula Ghani asked EUPOL to assess the current state of the Family Response Units (FRUs) and to present recommendations on how to strengthen their standing and performance.

EUPOL Head of Mission Ms. Pia Stjernvall and the police adviser in charge of the review Niina Koivisto recently met Mrs. Ghani to present EUPOL's assessment of the ANP Family Response Units.

EUPOL’s findings not only provide an analysis of the current situation, but also recommendations on the increased professionalization of the FRU’s as well as on prevention of gender based violence.

The review emphasizes the importance of the FRUs as part of ANP’s Criminal Investigations Department structure. EUPOL also proposes an expansion of the FRUs within the organizational set-up of the ANP and furthermore recommends that trained FRU experts should be employed in the FRUs instead of being assigned to non-FRU-tasks.

During the ten years of its mandate EUPOL widely gained recognition for its expertise and its significant contribution to the ongoing reform of the police sector in Afghanistan.