High rates of reporting of violence against women, girls and children
28 Dec, 2018
THIS year saw the continuing high rates of reporting of violence against women, girls and children, illustrating increased awareness about the issue.
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) co-ordinator Shamima Ali said during the year, violence against women continued to take its toll, with five women dying allegedly at the hands of their husbands and partners, and many others left injured, some permanently.
Ms Ali said the work to end violence against women in Fiji achieved several milestones during 2018 despite the continuing tragedies of women who had lost their lives to violence and the many challenges that remain to overcome the problem.
She said between January and November 2018, about 1510 new clients visited FWCC and its branches in Nadi, Ba, Labasa and Rakiraki.
Of the total new cases reported at FWCC branches, Ms Ali said 40.14 per cent were also referred to the police.