SPC trains violence protection officers

Update: 3:09PM THE PACIFIC Community is this week training members of rural communities in the Solomon Islands to be able to issue protection orders for victims of domestic violence.

A statement from the SPC said its officers from the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) received  funding from the United Nations Trust Fund (UNTF) and the Australian Government to train more than 50 Authorised Justices.

“The trainings, part of a 3-year program, are designed to give court officials a better understanding of the Act as well as covering sensitive topics such as gender roles and domestic violence,” a SPC statement said.

“Under the Act, Local Court Justices are authorised to issue interim protection orders for survivors of domestic violence in their communities. With this responsibility, the Local Court Justices can bring access to justice closer to communities where it is often difficult to get a protection order from a magistrate court.”