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Police, Women Ministry Sign Deal

Address crimes against women and children   The Fiji Police Force and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation have signed a memorandum of understating (MOU) to address crimes
12 Dec 2015 10:30
Police, Women Ministry Sign Deal
Rosy Akbar

Address crimes against women and children

 

The Fiji Police Force and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation have signed a memorandum of understating (MOU) to address crimes against women and children.

The MOU was signed between Minister Rosy Akbar and the acting Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho in Suva on Thursday.

Ms Akbar said: “Everyday women of our country are suffering terrible violence at the hands of perpetrators and we all have to play a part in stopping it.”

She said a Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre survey this year revealed that about 43 women in Fiji are injured daily as a result of domestic violence.

Ms Akbar said with over 15,700 women injured by criminal assaults per year, only 15 per cent are reported to Police.

“Violence against women and children is not a private affair, it is not a family matter and it is no longer dealt with in silence. It is everyone’s responsibility.

“Our community does not accept this violence as normal. Our community does not see this violence as acceptable and that this violence is very serious,” Ms Akbar said.

She said the MOU strengthened the co-operation between the Fiji Police Force and the Ministry in the care and protection of children, and domestic violence against women.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said: “This is also an issue that I will continue to drive within the Fiji Police Force.

“We will be seen as an organisation that provides comfort and security to victims of domestic violence and other related crimes against women and children.”

Meanwhile, the Fiji Police Force launched its 2016 Annual Corporate Plan on Wednesday. One of the main Key Performance Indicators (KPI) is the 10 per cent reduction of crimes against women and children. Brigadier-General Qiliho said they would continue to work together with the Ministry by drawing up a Standard Operation Procedure.

“This will be distributed to the station level for every Police officer to understand the roles they have to play while receiving any complaint on sexual offences.

“There will also be severe disciplinary action against those who are involved in such cases within the Fiji Police Force,” he said.

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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