Force aware of calls to encourage women to report violence

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. Picture: FT FILE

FIJI’S Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says the Force is aware that a lot of calls have been made to encourage women to report any act of violence.

However, he said what needed to be understood was that there may be other factors that limited their ability to do so.

“It is a common practice not to meddle in these situations even if there are signs pointing to any form of abuse or an apparent change in behaviour,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

“But if you see signs, please do the right thing and call us.”

Brig-Gen Qiliho also stressed that a lot of effort had been directed towards creating awareness about domestic violence not only by Police but by the Ministry of Women and Children, Social Welfare, Non-Government Organisation’s (NGO’s) and religious organisations.

He added it was imperative for people to be aware that reports could be made confidentially through Crime Stoppers line or even directly to Divisional Police Commanders.

More on this story in tomorrow’s edition.

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