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Police Fail Domestic Abuse Victims: Tudravu

He said he was sorry to say that most of the time when victims go to the Police Stations to lodge a complaint they are interrogated like suspects.
04 Nov 2020 09:11
Police Fail Domestic Abuse Victims: Tudravu
Police Fail Domestic Abuse Victims: Tudravu

Police officers are terrible at treating victims of domestic violence, Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said yesterday while addressing a workshop on gender-based violence.

He said he was sorry to say that most of the time when victims go to the Police Stations to lodge a complaint they are interrogated like suspects.

“Tradition and culture also have an impact on the way that we think, and this can negatively impact the decision we make which we cannot allow to cloud our judgment in responding to reports of gender-based violence as some of us and some of our officers have been guilty of it,” ACP Tudravu said.

“We should remove preconceived ideas that we have about gender-based violence because we have to be mindful of the victim’s needs and not to further victimise them as victims.”

Officers were urged to clearly identify the suspects and victims and only ask relevant questions to each party.

ACP Tudravu likened the poor service to beating an already distressed person with a stick to make them cry even more.

Of all the complaints he personally receives every day he said domestic violence related cases are always on the list.

He also stated that before he was given the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by the FWCC, he regarded co-ordinator Shamima Ali as an enemy.

However, after attending their workshops, she became a good friend of his.

“I came from a background that really opposed what she is advocating, that’s my background but what I came to realise and after being given much deeper awareness on things that are happening and things that I need to know as a Law Enforcement Officer I tell you you’ll enjoy but sometimes you’d want to punch her if things don’t go the way that we are thinking.”

He said the Fiji Police Force had a love-hate relationship with FWCC, but they appreciate the constructive criticism said with regard to the force.

A total of 36 Police officers from the Southern Division Command Group are participating in the week-long workshop in Suva.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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