Increase in domestic violence

Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Picture: FT FILE

POLICE recorded an increase of 419 cases of domestic violence against women and children between 2013 and 2017. Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola told Parliament yesterday that police handled 358 cases in 2013, and this increased to 777 in 2017.

He was responding to a supplementary question by Government MP Howard Politini on the increasing trend over the past five years.

“The Fiji police is continually strengthening its regulatory platforms for compliance to our international obligations on CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), likewise we are partnering with our other stakeholders such as judiciary, Corrections, Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in enhancing our responses and investigative capabilities,” he said.

Ratu Inoke said police also had collaborative networks with many agencies and forums to address the concern of domestic violence in Fiji.

“This extends towards enforcement, advocacy, women empowerment, awareness, prevention, gender, equality, child safety to name a few.”

He said police were also anticipating with interest the development and enactment of the Sexual Offenders Registration Bill, which would further empower enforcement and creation of a safer society for our women and children.

Ratu Inoke said the police force was a member of the women and the law taskforce under the chairperson of the Ministry of Women.

“There exists a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to tackle the issue of violence against women and children.”

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