Access to safe houses key for victims of violence in Fiji: govt
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 16 September 2020
“Fiji's government says it's working to ensure victims of gender-based violence have access to safe houses amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa says the ministry has registered more than 1,500 cases of violence against women this year - an increase of more than 50 percent from last year.
“Addressing delegates at a workshop on guidelines for safe-houses in Suva on Tuesday, Ms Vuniwaqa said safe-houses provide hope to victims of violence.
“And she says making these facilities widely available is a priority.
"Shelters are a critical component of a holistic response to survivors," Meresini Vuniwaqa said.
"Shelters provide a form of secure accommodation for survivors providing essential aspects of protection, services empowerment and resources which enable women who have experienced abuse and their children to recover from violence to build self-esteem to regain a self-determined and independent life," she said.
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