8 Apr 2015

Fiji AG says abuse affects productivity

3:33 pm on 8 April 2015

Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says domestic violence affects every facet of life whether it's an individual or as a nation.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General Photo: RNZ / Republika

His comments come after the weekend killing of a woman journalist in Suva in a domestic dispute.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has told FBC News that abuse can also affect productivity in the tourism sector which employs a lot of women.

He says it is therefore in the commercial interest of hotels to ensure that women do not get bashed.

A survey two years ago showed that in Fiji about two thirds of women suffer sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

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