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FWCC receives 166 reports against women and children

October 14, 2015 6:48 pm

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has received a total of 166 cases varying from domestic violence to attempted suicide for the month of September.

100 cases of domestic violence were recorded by the centre for September compared to 106 for August.

FWCC Coordinator, Shamima Ali says the figures are shocking.

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“We’re still seeing people coming out, we hope from what we hear in the community, we believe that we’re just seeing a small percentage of it, not the whole story particularly where sex offenders are concerned, rape and so on and we want to see more reporting. Domestic violence I still think there are many women out there but we’re seeing increased numbers of reporting. Still shocking because we’re still seeing these women, suffering domestic violence at the hands of their husbands.”

Its Suva branch received the highest of fifty reports followed by its Nadi office with twenty eight reports, Ba and Labasa both received nine reports and Rakiraki had four.

There were fourteen cases of child abuse recorded for September an increase from the six received for August.

Suva had the highest number of cases with nine; Labasa had three, while Nadi and Ba each had one.

There was one case of attempted suicide and forty eight other cases mainly dealing with legal redress.

The Nadi center saw the second largest of new clients visiting their branch.

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