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Senior police officers get refresher on domestic violence laws

Fiji’s Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and his top-tier officers have received a refresher on the laws related to domestic violence as part of their week-long workshop on gender-based violence and women’s human rights. The workshop, facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and funded by the UNDP, is a landmark event because it is […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 14, 2016 12:47 pm

Fiji’s Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and his top-tier officers have received a refresher on the laws related to domestic violence as part of their week-long workshop on gender-based violence and women’s human rights.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, second from right, with FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali, centre, Force Inspector-General ACP Isikeli Vuniwaqa, left, gender adviser to the Ministry of Women, Glenn Davies, second from right, and Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu, right. (FWCC)
Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, second from right, with FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali, centre, Force Inspector-General ACP Isikeli Vuniwaqa, left, gender adviser to the Ministry of Women, Glenn Davies, second from right, and Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu, right. (FWCC)

The workshop, facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and funded by the UNDP, is a landmark event because it is the first time an awareness workshop is being conducted with the majority of the Fiji Police Force’s senior cadre, including the Commissioner of Police.

Glenn Davies, the gender adviser based at the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, a former Australian senior police officer dealing with gender-based violence and sexual offences, also shared with the officers some operational and tactical measures as well as statistics dealing with domestic and sexual violence.

FWCC legal officer Anishini Chand discussed with officers the provisions and procedures outlined in the Domestic Violence Decree 2009, including how to obtain a domestic violence restraining orders (DVRO) for survivors of family violence.

Mr Davies, a former detective inspector and head of the sexual crimes squad in the Victoria Police Force, works in the Ministry of Women developing capacity to mainstream the National Gender Policy throughout the whole of government. His work includes building up a cadre of male advocates for gender mainstreaming within Fiji’s public service.

The half-day weeklong workshop ends on tomorrow at 1.30pm.

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