’64 per cent of women in Fiji face intimate violence’

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. Picture: RAMA

DESPITE Fiji’s progressive laws such as the Family Law Act, Crimes Act and the Domestic Violence Act, the issue of domestic violence continue to be pervasive in Fiji, says Health and Medical Services Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Dr Waqainabete said Fiji’s high rates of domestic violence was not unique, but it reflected the high rates of domestic violence across the Pacific.

“In Fiji, 64 per cent of women in Fiji face intimate violence in the first six months of this year.

Two hundred and ninety-five cases of domestic violence cases were recorded in Fiji according to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) statistics which is equivalent to 295 cases in 180 days.

These statistics reflect the grave reality for women,” he said.

He added Fiji and the Pacific had nearly three times what the first world statistics have for domestic violence.

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