DREKETI settlement in Lautoka has become the 85th violence free community within the Social Welfare Ministry program.
Members of the Dreketi Women's Group successfully completed workshops organised by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, Empower Pacific and the Fiji Police Force, leading to the declaration of a violence free community on Friday.
Women and Social Welfare Minister, Dr Jiko Luveni said it was vital that each community member was committed to ensure there was a no tolerance policy on crimes against women and children.
"Now that you are violence free, we should start seeing more happy people and a happier community," she said.
"The welfare of their women and children will and should be a priority."
Dr Luveni said members of the Dreketi Women's Group now had the responsibility to educate their family members on their roles in ensuring the violence free status was maintained.
"They should now be empowered to have faith in themselves to educate their families and help them know the importance of a violence free community," Dr Luveni said.
Dreketi settlement advisory consultative member Nathu Mani said while the workshops were informative, it would take time to see real change.
"These things will take time but I am positive that the change we need will come," he said.
"We will work together as a community to promote a no tolerance policy on violence against women and children and all criminal acts in general.
"This is a good initiative and it is good to see our women taking a lead role in it."