Women

Establishment of a new helpline to address domestic violence

Plans to develop Fiji’s first helpline to address domestic violence cases is in progress. The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar highlighted the measures taken by her Ministry to develop a helpline for the women of Fiji. The Ministry has advertised the Expression of Interest in Fiji Sun to look for an […]

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April 15, 2016 9:31 am

Plans to develop Fiji’s first helpline to address domestic violence cases is in progress. The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar highlighted the measures taken by her Ministry to develop a helpline for the women of Fiji.

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The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

The Ministry has advertised the Expression of Interest in Fiji Sun to look for an agency that will assist with the establishment of the Domestic Violence Helpline. A 24-hour toll-Free Help-Line will provide a support system for women victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. It will also be a referral mechanism for service providers to reach out and assist the women victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Ministry is working with relevant agencies to develop the Domestic Violence Helpline, which will be a first of its kind service to be offered to the women of Fiji. Last year, the Ministry had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fiji Police Force to strengthen collaboration towards eliminating domestic violence to ensure that there is a greater urgency in responding to domestic violence cases.

Minister Akbar explained there are laws in place, the Domestic Violence Decree, Crimes Decree, Employment Relations Promulgation, Family Law Act, Child Welfare Decree, Sentencing and Penalties Decree and Criminal Procedure Decree.

Minister Akbar has also urged communities to report cases of domestic violence to the police.

Violence is a hindrance to development; so take action today, break the culture of silence by reporting violence, you and I have the power to save a life, do the right thing, be responsible, report the cases, there is never any excuse for violence.

Advice to the children, to please seek help when in need, talk to your parents and teachers, there are platforms available when reaching out for assistance. Now that you have the 24 hour Child Helpline, you can use it to seek advice and counselling, you are never alone when you are near a phone, remember the child helpline number “1325,” .

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