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Domestic Violence Helpline Launch Next Month

  A Domestic Violence Helpline will be launched by the end of this month. This was confirmed yesterday by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Co-ordinator, Shamima Ali. The helpline number has
06 Jan 2017 12:20
Domestic Violence Helpline Launch Next Month
NGO Coalition on Human Rights chairperson Shamima Ali.

 

A Domestic Violence Helpline will be launched by the end of this month.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Co-ordinator, Shamima Ali. The helpline number has not yet been confirmed.

The establishment of the Domestic Violence Helpline was an initiative of the Ministry of Woman, Children and Poverty Alleviation, which was handed over to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre last year to manage.

“We will be having a meeting with the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation next week to decide the launching date of the Domestic Violence Helpline,” Ms Ali said.

“At the moment our staff members are undergoing training on how to use the helpline, how to record and how to collect the data.”

Ms Ali said the Domestic Violence Helpline was a toll free line for any woman or child.

“Even children who are victims of domestic violence can call and we will also assist them,” Ms Ali said.

“We will give them the legal advice that they need, guide them with Police and medical procedures and arrange for emergency action in terms of getting any woman out from a bad situation.”

As of November 30, 2016 the centre recorded 1200 domestic violence cases from all their centres around the country.

“Majority of the cases are physical, which also include mental torture. About 20 per cent of the cases would lead to sexual assault,” Ms Ali said.

Meanwhile, the centre will open three new shelters for rape and domestic violence survivors this year.

Ms Ali said: “We are working on three shelters, which should be up and running this year. Two are for domestic violence survivors in Labasa and Ba.”

Ms Ali said they have already got the buildings, but were in the process of cleaning them up and waiting for the finalisation on the ethical standard of the shelters.

The centre will open one shelter for rape survivors in Suva.

Ms Ali also said their major focus this year would be on rape.

“We will create more awareness on rape in communities and we are planning to talk to more young people especially young boys and create more awareness to them,” she said.

 Edited by Naisa Koroi

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