Centre reaches out to communities

Ali. Picture: FT FILE

Ali. Picture: FT FILE

THE Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) will continue its community outreach programs in the Western Division, focusing on issues such as gender-based violence, sexual assault and harassment of women and girls.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said they also provided mobile counselling services for women.

“Women often find it hard to get the fare to travel to our community,” she said.

“We tend to focus on rural areas from Tavua and Rakiraki right down to halfway to Lautoka and we also go into the highlands, especially Nadarivatu.”

She said a lot of village headmen and people had shown interest in the counselling program and provision of services.

“We also have a legal department of three people in Suva, two of whom are roving and they offer legal services and educate people on the domestic violence legislation and Crimes Act and so on.”

Meanwhile, Ms Ali said domestic violence remained a major issue in the country.

“A lot of people are coming on board, including Government, with the provision of the national helpline and policies.

“We now have a service delivery protocol which consists of various stakeholders, including Government and non-government organisations.

“It took us two years to develop this and get us on the same page.

“We can’t be going in different directions and this enables us to have standard and accountability while responding to survivors and carrying out prevention work.”

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