There was an overall decrease in the reports of domestic violence received by police before the COVID-19 lock-down period.
However, Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho revealed that these stats changed when people were forced to stay at home as part of the COVID-19 containment measure.
“Although the number of reports on domestic violence have decreased earlier this year compared to the same period last year. The Fiji Police Force noted a spike in domestic violence reports during the lock-down periods,” said Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.
Fiji Women Crisis Center Coordinator Shamima Ali said that considering the factors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this was not a surprise.
“As family members are forced to stay at home with job losses, pay cut and financial constraints. Frustrations is always taken out on the vulnerable within the family and these are usually women and children,” she said.