Programme Update

Cam Ronald

Cam Ronald

 Welcome to the fifth edition of the PPDVP News.

This edition focuses on the activities of the programme with the Tongan Police Force.  The Police Commander, Chris Kelley, has made domestic violence a priority action for the Tonga Police, and has led a number of areas for change. Like all of the participating countries who have now been working on their responses for over three years, the benefits of this are now being realised.  This newsletter will show some of the activities, initiatives and mechanisms which are in place, and how these have been supported.  The role of the NGOs and government agencies are a key component.

The Vanuatu programme began in late 2008 and is set to “take off”.  Vanuatu now has comprehensive legislation on domestic and family violence. The experience gained from all of the other participating countries has allowed the Commissioner to make strong commitments to the DV programme. 

The round up of activities in the other participating countries shows just how much progress has been made. Further developments are still being implemented which will continue our progress.  The linked jurisdictions such as Nauru, Niue and the Solomon Islands have all been busy and their work is described in PPDVP News. All have a different and interesting perspective.

A new programme has started – RRRT “Changing Laws: Protecting Women”. This is a three year ‘in-country’ programme to support legislative developments and policy to protect families.  The PPDVP is a key ally with this important initiative and we will be working closely with them.  The programme began with a genuine “consultation” in Nadi where the participants heard of the activities in each country and how to fill the gaps.

We have updated some regional activities, including the Litigation Skills Training held in Vanuatu in late 2008; and a country needs assessment across Micronesia where eight police forces were visited. Various activities in each of the participating countries were also updated.

PPDVP Programme Officer Inspector Soni Malaulau is on a six-month secondment to work with the Afghanistan National Police and his place has been filled by Inspector Tony Wakelin.  Soni will provide an insight into life for families in Afghanistan in the next newsletter. Tony has been busy since he started in April and is leading the response to the Micronesia Police, which is described in this journal.

Cam Ronald

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