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Domestic violence tops list

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FOUR out of the eight assault cases received at the Nabouwalu Police Station this year were domestic violence cases.

This was revealed by Inspector Eroni Soqosoqo at the Lekutu district meeting on Tavea Island last week.

Insp Soqosoqo told the district reps that even though the numbers of offences were not critical, it was still a concern since 50 per cent of the cases involved the beating of housewives by their husbands.

"Please, remind villagers under your leadership that the Fiji Police Force has taken a no-drop policy for domestic violence cases," he said.

"This means all cases of that nature will be treated seriously and only the courts may have the final say in such matters.

"Gone are the days when couples could reconcile before the cases proceeded to court, enabling such matters to be settled out of court."

Mr Soqosoqo said most cases of domestic violence they received were those stemming out of heated arguments between couples.

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