The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has made the first payment of $85,000 for the setup of the Domestic Violence Helpline by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.
Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa says she is sure that the Fiji Womens Crisis Centre will persevere to set up the very first Domestic Violence helpline for our country.
Vuniwaqa says the government is committed to the set-up of the helpline and they will continue to break down the silence on violence against women and girls.
She says they are looking forward to hearing about work and plans in the journey ahead for the centre.
Vuniwaqa says their work should be guided by the principle that protecting women is not the only solution but giving them equal treatment is also important.
She says the Domestic Violence Helpline will provide a central and single point of referral, relieving victims and survivors of the burden and stress of sourcing appropriate and responsive service.