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More access for women next year: Minister Rosy

December 15, 2015 11:36 pm

All women across the country will be provided with support services and access to justice that they currently do not have, come 2016.

Minister for Women and Children Rosy Akbar highlighted this while speaking on the Ministry’s achievements this year and plans for the coming year in addressing domestic violence and abuse against women in Fiji.

Akbar says in 2016, they will also be looking at maintaining a collaborative approach and strengthening stakeholder relationships.

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“Women seeking pathways to legal advice ,reassurance ,emotional support ,emergency shelter or ongoing psychological assistance are left having to retell their painful experiences over and over to different people over time and often left with the only option to return to a violent household ,What we know is if we can work hard at our strategies and implement real actions we can fill these gaps .We can have a better response and actually begin to work on some prevention frameworks to stop violence against women and children.”

Top on the agenda for the taskforce members would be discussions on Domestic Violence (DV) Helpline and establishment of Service Protocol for Domestic Violence.

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