A TOTAL of 1089 rape cases were recorded in rural areas over the past four years, says acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan.
However, crimes against women in the last quarter dropped by 59 per cent.
Speaking at the opening of the Rural Women's Day Food and Craft Fair in Nadi yesterday, Mr Narayan said women continued to be assaulted and experienced violence in their own homes by partners they trusted and loved.
He said the rape figures could be higher as some cases were not reported to police.
ACP Narayan said women played a vital role in shaping a better Fiji and called on parents and guardians, especially men, to protect women.
"Women as nurturers have a huge impact on the social make-up of our society," he said.
"Our officers can't be in every home and this is where we ask parents and guardians to play their part in keeping the community safe."
ACP Narayan said police were working tirelessly to protect women.
He said through their continued awareness and partnership with the Ministry of Women and other concerned organisations, the crime rate against women had dropped.
"I am pleased to report today that in the last quarter of our policing calendar which ended in August, we managed to reduce crime against women by 59 per cent.
"This is a required key performance indicator we must achieve per quarter. Our target was to reduce it by 10 per cent, however, we managed to reduce it by 59 per cent. But this hasn't slowed the momentum of our work and we are committed to reducing this figure further."