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Workshop focuses on family issues

Salaseini Vosamana
Thursday, November 22, 2012

SHARE your responsibilities and talk about your family problems.

This was the message related to a group of inmates at yesterday's domestic violence workshop held at the Vaturekuka Corrections Centre in Labasa.

Facilitator and Fiji Women's Crisis Centre project officer northern Sera Bogitini said misunderstanding and argument between couples prompted defensive attitudes that later led to violence against women.

"No one owns anybody, wives don't own their husbands and vice versa, thus it's of paramount importance for us to talk about our family issues and solve it in a proper manner," Mrs Bogitini told the participants.

"If you are both earning money, it's wise to sit down together and plan out what you will do with the income you earn because this is one of the contributing factors to disputes in a marriage."

Mrs Bogitini added that while separation of families was undesirable by most, it was only proper for couples to listen to one another toavoid this.

"If the wife doesn't like what the husband has tabled out for their family, she can always share her views and opinion so they can come to a certain agreement for the welfare of their family," she said.

"Assault and fighting is not the solution because it will only lead to family despair. If they can't come to terms, there are other ways of solving issues but not domestic violence."

Centre supervisor northern Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) Penisoni Tuapati said the training was organised to educate inmates on domestic violence as 20 per cent of them were serving time because of domestic violence.


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