24 May 2016

Fiji police chief endorses training to combat gender violence

8:08 am on 24 May 2016
Fiji's Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho. April 2016.

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho. Photo: Fiji PM's YouTube channel.

Fiji's Police Commissioner has told senior officers that he expects a change in their attitudes when handling cases of violence against women.

Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho was speaking at the opening of a week-long workshop facilitated by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre for 27 commanding officers from across the Western Division.

The police commander told them that he expects change in how gender-based violence cases are dealt with.

The workshop aims to help senior officers improve their understanding of gender violence and improve their skills in responding to victims.

He said his officers need to learn about the dynamics of violence against women and girls, so they can better mentor their staff to respond sensitively and effectively.

It is the second such workshop to have been held for police in Fiji and Brigadier General Qiliho said they have been real eye-openers, giving officers broader insights into the issues around gender violence.

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