Call for better response

BETTER responses need to be developed by the police when recording sensitive cases such as gender-based violence, says the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre.

This is the key focus of a two-week training program organised by the centre which began yesterday in Nadi.

In a statement, the FWCC said 23 police officers from 10 Pacific island countries were attending the workshop which was being sponsored by the Australian Federal Police.

“The two-week training will focus on gender, violence against women, human rights and the law,” FWCC said.

“Domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment and child abuse will also be discussed.

“There will also be deliberations on the existing laws that deal with violence against women and girls, from the different countries represented.

“The Australian Federal Police will deliver a presentation on family violence intervention and victims of crime considerations.”

Participants of the training hope to develop response strategies to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

The workshop began at Nadi’s Hexagon Hotel yesterday and will conclude on October 10.