Police and service providers discuss improving response to gender-based violence

DCP Rusiate Tudravu with participants at the meeting. Picture: SUPPLIED

Talks on improving and strengthening services for women and girl survivors of gender-based violence formed a major part of a meeting held between the Fiji Police Force and relevant service providers earlier this week.

The meeting – co-chaired by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rusiate Tudravu and ministry permanent secretary Jennifer Poole – was attended by representatives from the Fiji Police Force, Ministry of Women and Children and Poverty Alleviation, Medical Services Pacific, Fiji Women’s Crisis Center, Empower Pacific, Salvation Army and Homes of Hope.

In a statement issued today, DCP Tudravu said the working group committee’s role was important in communicating the needs of their respective service providers.

“All service providers have their own role to play and the only way we can improve and learn from our weaknesses if we are made aware of them in forums such as this,” he said.

“There are areas that the Fiji Police Force also need to improve on and we do have mechanisms in place where our shortfalls can be addressed for the sake of improving our responses to gender based violence.”

Ms Poole said the meeting was another important journey helping service providers respond effectively to the needs of women and girl survivors.

“At times, there are circumstances that might challenge our ability to deliver our services but it’s important to work together and think of ways to addressing those needs to best deliver our services,” the PS said.

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