A new shelter for victims of domestic violence is being built in Fiji's Lautoka.
Fiji has some of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world with more than 1980 reported incidents in the last three years according to the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.
The Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is working with Soroptimist International to build the centre for which a ground breaking ceremony was recently held in Natabua.
Project Manager Maria Doton said plans for the shelter began three years ago and Soroptimist was pleased to finally see its dream come to fruition.
Plans are also in the pipeline for several more shelters to be built around Fiji.