The issue has again been brought sharply into focus by the recent murders of women and children.
The department's Shalen Gajadhar says the perpetrators must be removed from society.
"Further to that, our call is to the men of this country to look at the perpetrators around you, you see them as your friends, brothers and family members, but there are perpetrators around all of us," he said.
A few social media campaigns highlighting the scourge and calling for action are gaining ground.
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