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Concern for women

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 04, 2014

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has taken on 120 cases of violence against women in the past eight days.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said the high incidences of violence against women was alarming.

In a statement FWCC said it had earlier warned that such problems would arise during the festive season.

According to figures provided by FWCC, the Suva centre saw 56 women for counselling.

Of the 56, 36 were domestic violence cases, one was for sexual harassment while 19 for other issues.

In Nadi, two new rape cases were seen while 10 rape victims came for counselling.

FWCC said there were 26 cases of domestic violence in Nadi as well.

Five people were counselled for domestic violence issues at the Rakiraki centre with another five being counselled for other family issues.

In Labasa, the FWCC branch counselled 11 women.

Nine were for domestic violence cases, one of sexual harassment and one for other issues.

Ms Ali said what was more alarming was that more women living in violence but were afraid to come forward.

Police director operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said this was a concern.

He added police will issue a statement later.