THE newly-formed Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children taskforce has been commended by the Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Women's Rights Movement.
The taskforce was formed in April by the Ministry of Women and has representatives from various organisations working together to look at better ways of addressing violence.
A gender-based training workshop was held last week, which brought together representatives from organisations such as the Fiji Police Force, Fiji Corrections Service, the Ministry of Education, and UN Women.
Fiji Police Force human resources director Senior Superintendent of Police Unaisi Vuniwaqa said the taskforce, through awareness, had led to more people reporting cases to the police.
"We thank the ministry for bringing all the relevant stakeholders under one roof," SSP Vuniwaqa said.
"The taskforce provides a multi-sectoral platform for stakeholders to share information, data and resources to map out a consolidated effort to eliminate violence against women and children."
Fiji Women's Rights Movement executive director Virisila Buadromo applauded the initiative saying violence against women and children was an urgent concern in Fiji.
"A multi-sectoral approach is needed to understand and address the root causes of gender-based violence," Ms Buadromo said.
She said the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre statistics showed 64 per cent of women who had been in a relationship had experienced either physical or sexual violence by their partner.