EDUCATING women about domestic violence and child abuse was the main priority of two counsellors from Empower Pacific at a workshop for single mothers in Lautoka last Thursday.
Counsellor Lavinia Dakei said 10 single mothers and eight children attended the workshop.
"I looked after the children, they were from the ages of two to 14," Ms Dakei said.
"We did many activities and discussed issues like behaviour, alcohol, drugs and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly for the older children.
"Also, because they are living in single-parent families, it is important for these children to understand the roles their mothers play in their lives.
"All this was done so that the children could have a better understanding of what happens in their lives." Counsellor Nisha Khan met many of the single mothers and brought the topic of domestic violence to light.
"Many of these single mothers faced domestic violence and this needs to be addressed," she said.
"We brought awareness on domestic violence, anger management and how to cope with situations they faced.
"For most of them, it was the first time to come to such a workshop and they appreciated some of the things we spoke about," she said.