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Calls On Sexual Violence Most Common

  Most common calls received by the National Child Helpline from January 2015 to April this year were from children who were subjected to some sort of sexual violence. This
11 Jun 2016 10:06
Calls On Sexual Violence Most Common
Children with Diasability stand in front of their mini bus that was launched by the Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

 

Most common calls received by the National Child Helpline from January 2015 to April this year were from children who were subjected to some sort of sexual violence.

This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, during the launch of the vehicle signage for the Fiji National Council for Disabled People.

He said 11,774 calls were received by the centre from January 2015 to April 2016.

“Of this 922 were genuine calls and a total of 111 cases were referred to the Fiji Police Force and 713 were referred for case management internally within Medical Services Pacific for counseling, medical and legal advices,” Dr Koroivueta said.

“It is a great matter of concern; it has been labelled as a national shame thus the ministry through a collaborative effort is trying to tackle the issue through increased awareness.

“It has been revealed through a recent study that 64 per cent of the women face partner violence or domestic violence in their lives.”

He also thanked the media for highlighting the issues of domestic violence every day.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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