Less tolerance of violence

Shayal Devi, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, The Fiji Times

THE Fijian community is becoming less tolerant of all forms of violence.

According to Empower Pacific media and communications advisor Mark Vitlin, people now realise that domestic violence has a big impact on children, extended families and neighbours as well.

"School attendance and results suffer, the level of care in the home goes down and other family and community members worry about or have to look after the people affected," he said.

"Empower Pacific is also pleased that men are realising that their actions are having a very bad effect on their family.

"Many men now come forward to seek counselling on ways that they can change their behaviour.

"This means they will better treat their family and be respected in their community."

Mr Vitlin said some women were still reluctant to report domestic violence issues.

"These women fear they will be punished by their partner.

"Other reasons include fear of being judged or believing violence is normal, believing the violence is justified and so on."

Mr Vitlin said the organisation experienced increased numbers of clients in all geographical areas.

He also said the organisation commended the efforts of the Ministry of Women in launching the violence-free community campaign.