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Platform To Address Domestic Violence To Be Established

Platform To Address Domestic Violence To Be Established
Help Line
April 15
11:33 2016

Plans to develop Fiji’s first helpline to address domestic violence cases is in progress.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar highlighted the measures taken by her ministry to develop a helpline for the women of Fiji.

“The Ministry has advertised the Expression of Interest in Fiji Sun to look for an agency that will assist with the establishment of the Domestic Violence Helpline.

“A 24-hour toll-Free Help-Line will provide a support system for women victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Ms Akbar said.

“The ministry is working with relevant agencies to develop the Domestic Violence Helpline, which will be a first of its kind service to be offered to the women of Fiji,” she said.

Last year, she said the ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fiji Police Force to strengthen collaboration towards eliminating domestic violence to ensure that there was a greater urgency in responding to domestic violence cases.

Ms Akbar has also urged communities to report cases of domestic violence to the police.

“Violence is a hindrance to development; so take action today, break the culture of silence by reporting violence, you and I have the power to save a life, do the right thing, be responsible, report the cases, there is never any excuse for violence.

“Advise to the children, to please seek help when in need, talk to your parents and teachers, there are platforms available when reaching out for assistance.

“Now that you have the 24 hour Child Helpline, you can use it to seek advice and counselling, you are never alone when you are near a phone, remember the child helpline number “1325.”

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