ABOUT 900 women in the Western Division sought counselling at the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre last year.
Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said while more women were coming forward and seeking help for domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment and child abuse issues, there was a misconception in the media about the reasons for the high record of cases.
"Many people and even some media outlets continue to report that there is a rise in cases of domestic violence and related cases in the country," she said.
"This is not true.
"Figuratively yes, numbers have gone up but I've said this time and again, cases have been there, it's only now that women are bold enough to come forward and report what's being done to them."
Ms Ali added that studies conducted by the centre revealed there were changes in women's attitudes towards reporting abuse.