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Concerns over reconciliation

Shalveen Chand
Friday, August 15, 2014

TAKE domestic violence seriously and seek appropriate help if things are getting out of hand, says the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.

The FWCC was responding to an incident where a mother and daughter were brutally killed in Kadavu.

Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said many women suffered in silence for many years without seeking help.

"This leads to making perpetrators becoming bolder about their actions. If authorities and those in charge at community level don't come together to tackle domestic violence, our efforts will be in vain," said Ms Ali.

"Time and again, we have called on everyone to take this issue seriously. We have always said that if domestic violence is not treated with the attention it needs, then the results will be tragic as we have witnessed time and again."

The FWCC has also expressed its concern at the level of complacency shown towards the monitoring of domestic violence restraining orders.

"We have received numerous reports of police continuing to reconcile victims with perpetrators despite the zero tolerance to violence against women initiative in the police force, and the no prop policy, and the Domestic Violence Decree.

"On many occasions, domestic violence restraining orders are implemented but when they are breached, nothing is done. This is why DVROs are becoming irrelevant for many."

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