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20pc in jail for abuse

Salaseini Vosamana
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ABOUT 20 per cent of inmates at the Vaturekuka Corrections Centre in Labasa are serving their jail term because of domestic violence.

And this has prompted the centre to organise a four-day workshop to educate inmates on the offence.

Centre supervisor northern Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) Penisoni Tuapati said such a workshop was imperative because of the increase in the number of inmates imprisoned for the crime.

"We continue to house inmates who are only sentenced for a few months or years over the past five months because of minor domestic violence that can be solved in a proper manner," he said.

ASP Tuapati said the workshop would help inmates change their attitude towards their spouses once released from the centre.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre project officer Northern and workshop facilitator Sera Bogitini said the workshop was basically a platform to create awareness on violence against women and children.

"We want the inmates to understand such issues because violence against women is a violation of their human rights," she said.





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