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COVID-19: Domestic Violence The Ugly Side To Lockdowns

Sadly, Dr Fong said the Prime Minister is right and during times of crisis, these horrific crimes occur more often.
02 May 2021 16:21
COVID-19: Domestic Violence The Ugly Side To Lockdowns

Anyone experiencing domestic violence during this lockdown period is encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 1560 for help.

For Child Helpline cases please call 1325.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong highlighted the message by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that domestic violence is an ugly scourge in our society.

Sadly, Dr Fong said the Prime Minister is right and during times of crisis, these horrific crimes occur more often.

“When it comes to COVID, staying at home is the safest course for all of us but in Fiji and around the world, we know there is an ugly side to lockdown measures,” Dr Fong said.

“Without proper resources and support, they can make the already-vulnerable more vulnerable than ever.

“Someone, right now, is stuck at home with an abuser — that is a tragic reality that we cannot turn away from.

“So I’m urging everyone, if you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Helpline number 1560, or the child helpline at 1325. Help will come to you.

“You can call at any time, any day of the week, to report a crime. Even if you just need someone to talk to, call either of those numbers. That applies for children, for women, and for men as well. Anyone can be a victim, and that support is available to any who need it.”

He acknowledged the Psychiatric Survivors Association for assisting the ministry to feed and screen homeless people.

“Not everyone has a home to stay in, but everyone deserves to have their health taken seriously. So thank you, PSA.”

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