What is the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre?
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) is a non-government organisation, which provides support services for women and children who are suffering or have survived domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or sexual harassment committed against them, by men.
The overarching goal of the FWCC is to eliminate violence against women in Fiji and the Pacific. The FWCC is working towards this goal by offering training and education programs, which aim to raise awareness of these issues impacting women and children. The FWCC also aims to provide a safe space for women and children by offering crisis counselling, legal, medical and practical support to those who have been impacted by domestic violence and related issues.
As a result of the comprehensive work done by the FWCC, several sectors in Fiji have now recognised and supported the need for emergency services and ongoing support for women who have been subjected to any form of violence, and significant development in this area has been made.
Services offered by the FWCC:
Counselling and Support
The FWCC offers free, confidential and non-judgemental crisis counselling, which is available 24-hours via the phone. Trained counsellors are available to talk and provide assistance in the event of an emergency, by calling 3313 300.
The FWCC emphasises the importance of empowering victims to make choices for themselves, and based on this the FWCC provides comprehensive emotional support for victims to assist them to do so. In line with this, the FWCC also offers to accompany victims to court, police stations, hospitals and other agencies upon request.
The FWCC has also established a Mobile Counselling Clinic, which involves counsellors travelling to areas of Fiji where FWCC services are not immediately accessible. Counsellors base themselves in local health centres for several days and make their services available to women in these areas. The objective of this is to provide counselling services to as many people as possible, including those in rural areas.
Community Education and Training
The FWCC works to raise awareness on violence against women as a human rights violation through extensive community education programs and training. The FWCC has training programs, which are available for government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare, the Fiji Police, and the Fijian Military.
The FWCC also has training programs targeted at women and men working in the area of violence against women and children. These programs have been running since 1995 and to date, more than 600 women and men in Fiji have undergone the training. Specifically, the training touches on issues such as the provision of counselling support, lobbying and advocacy work, and community awareness of these issues.
The training programs work to ensure that participants are empowered with a strong-grounded belief and sensitivity when it comes to women’s issues. Further, it aims to enable them to analyse, strategize and organise more effectively to address and reduce gender-based violence in their home and communities. There is the option to ‘book a speaker’ for a training session on the FWCC website.
As men make up over 90% of the perpetrators of violence against women, the FWCC has recognised that targeting men is crucial to developing solutions to these issues. Hence, along with other organisations in the Pacific, the FWCC has developed programs, which target men specifically in regards to violence against women and children. A key element of these programs has been the training of men from key agencies such as the police, military, community workers and religious leaders.
Where can I seek help?
Domestic Violence Helpline: 1560
Phone: 3313 300 (24 hours)
Mobile: 9209 470 (24 hours)
In person Crisis Centres located in: Ba, Labasa, Rakiraki, Nadi (Fiji).