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Akbar: Child Abuse Campaign Helpful

Minister urges public to utilise services to prevent our children and women from perpetrators The fight against rape and abuse is getting stronger everyday as more Fijians now use available
21 Nov 2015 10:22
Akbar: Child Abuse Campaign Helpful

Minister urges public to utilise services to prevent our children and women from perpetrators

The fight against rape and abuse is getting stronger everyday as more Fijians now use available services to report the offences and seek counselling.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar says Fijians are using the Child Helpline service to report rape and abuse.

“It is increasing and that shows that people are helping in the campaign to stop rape and abuse of women and children,” Ms Akbar said.

The service, an initiative of Government and Medical Services Pacific (MSP), started in January.

Since then it has recorded receiving 6704 calls, Ms Akbar said.

She said 544 were genuine calls, 1787 were prank calls, 2280 silent calls, 156 missed calls, and 995 were testing calls.

“There were 942 voicemails that were received after hours and classified and attended to during working hours by the three counsellors.”

She urged members of the public not to make prank calls on the helpline.

“The helpline is there for a purpose to help people who really need help. You may be blocking out urgent genuine calls of people who really need our assistance,” she said.

She advised people to utilise the Child Helpline to seek advice and counselling services to address any issues concerning the welfare of children or families for that matter.

Ms Akbar said details on the callers and cases reported through Child Helpline are kept confidential.

The Helpline service operates from 6am to 6pm, seven (7) days a week with 12 hours operation. There are counsellors working in shifts and they speak English, Hindi, Itaukei and Rotuman.

Plans are in progress for the ministry and MSP to extend the Child Helpline operations to 24 hours

The helpline is an initiative of Government in partnership with MSP, Vodafone Fiji, Telecom Fiji Limited and Digicel.

shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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