Domestic Violence – Pacific Police address Culture & Religion

Seventy five representatives of Police and NGO’s from 18 countries are working together at a Pacific Regional Symposium at Nadi, Fiji from 6th to 11th April 2014 to consider how Culture and Religion can support changes to reduce the harm from domestic violence.

The findings will assist police and agencies to develop strategies that address the possible impediments that some people see, or use, to attempt to justify bad behaviour and attitudes around domestic and family violence.

The Pacific Prevention of Domestic Programme (PPDVP) is hosting a regional symposium to address these sensitive issues.  Police members and representatives of NGO’s, churches and other agencies and civil society will discuss and share their views around the cultural and religious beliefs which influence people’s behaviour.

Family Court Judge Peter Boshier will facilitate the symposium.  The key note speaker is Shamima Ali from the Fiji Women;s Crisis Centre.

Other key presenters include Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira who chairs the New Zealand advisory group on pacific issues with the Ministry of Social Development; Ms Betty Sio who works with women at risk in Auckland; Senior Sergeant Kevin Kneebone of NZ Police who works with youth; the Most Reverend Winston Halapua of the Pacific Anglican Church, the Reverend Doctor Fele Nokise who heads the Theological College in Fiji, and Tevita Seruilimi of the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT).

A number of other respected experts in their fields of religion and culture will form various discussion panels.

The attendee list for the symposium has closed. The high number of participants reflects the strong interest in the topics and the projected discussions by police; NGOs; international organisations; regional and local agencies; church’s and the community.

Contact points for the Symposium are

PPDVP Programme Manager Cam Ronald – and +64 21 645155

PPDVP Programme Officer and Symposium lead – Inspector Soni Malaulau  –  and +64 21 595645

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