14 Apr 2014

Fiji women's group works with police

7:17 am on 14 April 2014

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says it is working with the police to help officers gain a better understanding of the law relating to sexual violence.

The centre has just released its own figures into sexual violence against women and children for the January to March quarter.

The centre's co-ordinator, Shamima Ali, says rape cases doubled to 10 this quarter compared to the same quarter in both 2012 and 2013.

She says the centre is working with officers to help them have a better understanding of the issues at hand, including the introduction of new decrees.

"One of the areas the police are lacking, we have a lot of new decrees, good legislation around rape, sexual assualt, and dometic violence but the knowledge is not there, the training they haven't gone through, and that needs to be addressed."

The Coordinator of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, Shamima Ali.