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Plans For Domestic Violence Helpline

Plans to establish a domestic violence helpline for women in Fiji are underway said the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar. She made the announcement during the
09 Apr 2016 10:52
Plans For Domestic Violence Helpline
Minister for Women,Children and Poverty Rosy S. Akbar with Students during the Signing of the MOU between the Ministry with the Medical services pacific and communication network companies in Fiji.

Plans to establish a domestic violence helpline for women in Fiji are underway said the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar.

She made the announcement during the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the ministry, Medical Services Pacific and communications networks in Fiji; Digicel Fiji, Telecom Fiji and Vodafone.

“The ministry has advertised the expression of interest in one of the local dailies to look for an agency that will assist with the establishment of the domestic violence helpline,” Ms Akbar said.

“A 24-hour-toll-free helpline will provide a support system for women and victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“It will also be a referral mechanism for service providers to reach out and assist the women victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Ms Akbar said the Constitution provided for protection of all and for all rights.

“The laws are in place for domestic violence, crimes decree, employment relations promulgation, family act, child welfare decree, sentencing and penalties decree and criminal procedure decree,” she said.

“And to ensure that the No Drop Policy is abided at all times; working with relevant agencies to develop the domestic violence helpline, which will be the first of its kind to be offered to the women of Fiji.”



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