Domestic violence

STATISTICS released by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre during the conduct of their national survey last year showed 64 per cent of women reported domestic violence cases in the country.

And while FWCC might not be able to establish whether the number is an increase or a decrease from the number of domestic violence cases recorded over the previous years, plans are in the pipeline to change that.

Co-ordinator Shamima Ali said the statistics released by the NGO were quite high. “It is also high for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Kiribati but we have the higher end,” Ms Ali said.

“We do know that a lot more reporting is being done now as a result of awareness. Whether there has actually been an increase or a decrease in the number, we cannot say.”

Ms Ali said FWCC had not conducted comparative studies at this stage but there were plans to conduct a nationwide survey a few years from now in conjunction with all stakeholders.

She said they would then be able to evaluate the number of domestic violence-related complaints brought forward.

“Government has got strategies in place as do faith-based organisations.

“By working with stakeholders and given the statistics that we have, we will get out in maritime areas and everywhere else and do comparative studies.

“Then we will be able to get a better picture of whether there has been an increase or decrease in the number of cases.”

Minister for Women Rosy Akbar will respond on the matter today.