5610 violence cases recorded

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre Legal Services manager Miliana Tarai stresses a point during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence in Suva while Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali looks on. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

There were 5610 domestic violence cases recorded by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) from January to October this year.

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali said these figures were startling. Centre acting research manager Natasha Nair said so far this year, they had 7861 counselling cases.

“Out of that, 71 per cent was in relation to domestic violence so the number is 5610 which is very high for that number in just 10 months,” she said.

She said during the lockdown period, they received calls for various issues, however, domestic violence topped the list.

She said during the lockdown period, they recorded more than 3000 cases regarding domestic violence.

“So, even for the lockdown period, our highest numbers were related to domestic violence and for domestic violence, we received cases regarding all kinds of abuse, from sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse.”

She said they noticed that physical, emotional and verbal abuse was the highest.

“And since there’s a stigma around sexual abuse, there’s still hesitation in reporting sexual abuse, our sexual abuse numbers are still underreported, as is as shown in the global research that these numbers are usually unreported.”

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