KIUVA Village in Tailevu has joined the fight for a violence-free society, this week pledging commitment to a cause that has the support of communities from the Coral Coast to as far as Tavua.
The villagers declared their support for the Zero Tolerance Violence-Free Community Program.
Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni said zero tolerance violence-free programs nurtured a collaborative platform for communities to respect and value women and children and their roles for a sustainable future.
Dr Luveni said the ministry and the police would co-ordinate training and awareness programs to empower the village with information on the Domestic Violence Decree and Child Welfare Decree.
"There is a good support from men and village leaders for this program," she said.
Roko Tui Kiuva Ratu Tawake said the program was instrumental in educating communities to respect the rights of women and children.
"Through this program parents are motivated to spend quality time with their children, especially for men to stop spending too much time on grog and focus on their family issues," he said.
Mr Tawake said a gatekeeping committee comprising the church, women, youth leaders, police and the ministry had been formed.
He said the program would go hand in hand with the community development plan and that anyone found breaking the law would be dealt with by the police.
"We want Kiuva to be a role model of a violence-free community in Fiji," he said.