A meeting was held at the Fiji Police Force Headquarters this week which brought together service providers in a bid to improve responses to cases of gender-based violence.

The meeting saw 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.

Co-chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu and Ministry of Women and Children and Poverty Alleviation’s Permanent Secretary Jennifer Poole, discussions revolved around improving and strengthening services for women and girl survivors of gender-based violence.

DCP Tudravu said the working group committee’s role is important in communicating the needs of their respective service providers.

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

The Fiji National Service Delivery Protocol for Responding to Cases of Gender Based Violence is a document outlining the standard operating procedures for Interagency Response among Social Services, Police, Health and Legal/Justice providers.

The National Protocol is a response that ensures the provision of appropriate, timely and quality services for survivors of gender-based violence together with accountability and justice for perpertrators.

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