Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre strengthen their skills to answer calls for help

NUKU’ALOFA, 15 AUGUST 2018 (UN WOMEN) – After launching late last year, the Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) 24-hour helpline is now funded for the whole of 2018, with UN Women support, to sustain its valuable service for women and child survivors of violence.

This toll-free helpline provides safe, confidential access to essential information, referrals, and counselling – and helps to ensure that women and children in remote and rural areas are reached and supported.

To assist staff operating the helpline, UN Women ran a training session in Nuku’alofa, as part of its ongoing commitment to support the work of WCCC. Training topics covered include Crisis Counselling on a Gender-Based Violence Helpline Training, Mental Health Consequences of GBV Training, and Suicide First Aid Training.

WCCC has also released 19 stories of resilience, to give a voice to rural Tongan women and girls online by sharing their stories.

The multi-media initiative, ‘This is my story of resilience: Women of Tonga’, was supported by UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, in conjunction with Australian Aid-funded WCCC psycho-social support work to affected areas.

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