Sexual and Gender Base Workshop

The PPDVP will conduct a Sexual and Gender Base Workshop in Auckland 3rd – 7th March.

PPDVP Regional Symposium

The PPDVP will hold the Regional Symposium in Nadi Fiji April 7th – 11th.  This symposium will be attended by the 17 countries and 70 participants that are part of the programme. The them for this years symposium is “Culture and Religion”.

Cook Islands deployment

Programme manager Cam Ronald will deploy with the new mentor/advisor to the Cook Islands Sergeant Stan Nikoro from Counties Manukau on the 9th – 14th February.  Cam will conduct an induction with the domestic violence coordinators, other Police officers and NGO’s groups.    Stan being a Cook Islander should fit into this role extremely well.

Deployment to Micronesia

Rod Walker AFP mentor/advisor for PPDVP will deploy to Micronesia Thursday 6th February where he will travel to Guam, Pohnpei, Palau, Chuuk and the Marshall Islands to mentor in the delivery of the Domestic Violence Training.

Vanuatu and Kiribati

Inspector Soni Malaulau, Dr Michael Roguski along with Natalie Gregory will deploy to Vanuatu 2nd – 7th February and Kiribati 8th – 16th February to continue their Knowledge, Attitude and Practise surveys.

PPDVP comments on alleged DV case in Samoa Observer

The Samoa Observer has run a story on an alleged serious assault in Samoa.  The story refers to the PPDVP. The story is available at http://www.samoaobserver.ws/home/headlines/8523-enough-is-enough

The PPDVP Programme Manager, Cam Ronald, has written to the Observer to provide further information and to address one of the issues in the story.  The PPDVP letter is available

Cam can be contacted on +64 6 3640659 or +64 21 645155, and on cam.ronald@ppdvp.org.nz

Costs of Domestic Violence in the Pacific

The 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in Rarotonga, Cook Islands in October noted the costs of domestic violence in the pacific. 

A short extract from the findings is available here

One-stop shop crisis centre for domestic violence in Tonga

One-stop-shop’ crisis service for domestic abuse launched in Tonga

Posted at 07:12 on 28 November, 2013 UTC

It’s hoped that a ’one-stop-shop’ crisis service for domestic abuse sufferers in Tonga will prevent re-victimisation and encourage more victims to come forward.

The service is a joint effort between the Tonga police and the Women and Children Crisis Centre, which gives victims access to police, medical and counselling services all in the one building.

Leilani Momoisea reports:

The director of the Women and Children Crisis Centre, Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, says they wanted to create a space where women can have access to free, non-judgemental counselling. She says, if needed, a registered nurse can provide a free basic health check-up and a police officer will be there to take victim statements in a safe space. Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki says the goal is to reduce the impact of re-victimisation.

“OFA GUTTENBEIL-LIKILIKI: We found that the victim had to go to so many places just to get someone to listen to what has happened to her and to do something about it, and to have to tell her story repeatedly over a span of two or three days, to a few different agencies, also takes a toll on her, so we wanted to reduce that.”

Since 2008 to November this year, close to 2,300 domestic violence complaints have been made to police. The Minister of Police, Siosifa Tu’itupou Tu’utafaiva, says he believes there is still a huge number of unreported domestic violence crime. He says before he was a minister, he was a lawyer, and witnessed first hand the extent of injuries suffered by children and women due to domestic violence.

“SUISUFA TU’ITUPOU: We still do not really know how to stop this brutality and violence on members of the family, other than enforcing the law to it’s full extent. But with the setting up of the crisis centre, it is hoped that it will make complainants feel a bit easier when they come to the crisis centre to file complaints about domestic violence.”

Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki says the hope is that this initiative will encourage more victims of violence to come out and seek help.

“OFA GUTTENBEIL-LIKILIKI: They can come to a crisis centre, which is less daunting than waiting in a police station, or less daunting than sitting in a reception of the main hospital, but it’ll actually encourage them to come out, tell their story once, key stakeholders and agencies can get together and figure out what the best options are for this victim, and let her make the choices and we advocate on her behalf and help her through what she needs to get through.”

The Tonga police commissioner, Superintendent Grant O’Fee, says the police in Tonga have a long way to go in terms of changing their own attitudes towards domestic violence. He says some staff do not treat women appropriately when they go to the police to complain, and this is something they are working on changing. Grant O’Fee says he hopes the ’one-stop-shop’ crisis service will make a big impact for victims.

“GRANT O’FEE: The benefit of this is, that when a woman goes in to the collective centre there, she will get counselling, in January they will offer medical attention as well, and then they can go into a private room and speak to a police woman, who will, if they wish to complain, will take the complaint from her. So, offers women a safe place where they will be treated with dignity and respect, which regrettably doesn’t always happen at police stations.”

Grant O’Fee says the police officer chosen to be stationed at the Women’s Crisis Centre, Officer Paea Takau, is honest and enthusiastic about the position, and will have ongoing training for the role.

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Guam update from Inspector Soni Malaulau, Project Officer for PPDVP.

The Pacific Prevention of Domestic Programme (PPDVP), a NZ Police capacity building programme in the Pacific has been working in  partnerships with NZ Rugby Union to promote the awareness of Domestic Violence in Pacific countries.

Over the last 5 years, the programme  has been working with Steve Symonds (Development Manager Hurricanes) bringing together rugby stars from the various NZ Super 15 rugby Franchises as well as past All Blacks and sports stars from other sporting codes including Ruby League; Awen Guttenbiel, Kevin Iro and from Netball Cathering Latu to promote the : “Break the Silence, End the Violence” message towards a higher vision of a “Safer Pacific free from Domestic Violence”.

The partnership has seen up to 50 sports stars involved and visits to 4 countries; Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Guam to push the non violence message. Inspector Soni Malaulau (Regional Coordinator PPDVP) says that Mrs Kim Bloomfield has been the lead from our programme working with Steve.

The  Partnership has been a huge success in Pacific countries and the message has been heard, this is because of the way the message has been delivered by the players. Every player has had a story to tell and some have personal testimonies which have touched people and this has resonated with the people of the Pacific.

The personal benefits to players development cannot be underestimated but one cannot really appreciate the impact of the players on the communities of the Pacific until you actually are part of it. The latest trip to Guam was a highlight with Guams First Lady as the Patron of Rugby and the Guam Police Department ensuring that logistics for the team was well covered including a Police escort to all venues. The whole country was excited and in a buzz with the knowledge that NZ Professional rugby players were arriving. The programme was very full with visits to schools, Guam University, Corrections Department and free clinics so there was not much time for sightseeing but the Team including Liaki Moli, Auckland Blues, Tim Nani Williams, Chiefs, Mark Reddish, Hurricanes and Paul Steinmetz,  did NZ Rugby and NZ Proud. It was a great honour to work with the players and I know from a New Zealand Police perspective that our partnership in delivering a hugely important message would not have worked without them.

Thank you from Officer Paul Tapao

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 On behalf of the fine working men and women from the Guam PD, we want to say Saina Ma’ase for allowing our island to be a part of the PPDV Programme.  The efforts that were put into spreading the message and the awareness really impacted our island community.  There is a lasting aura in the air from the visit, as more of our people are coming forward, schools are asking for a revisit from our VAU’s, the media is still talking about the impact the programme and the boys made and most especially, our department understands the important’s in eradicating DV from within our families!

 Words can’t express how two countries that are vastly separated by the mighty Pacific Ocean, can come together and stand side by side, in one common goal that “really makes a difference”.

 We are continuing to keep our momentum rolling, as our ladies are working harder in spreading the awareness and exposing the programme to our island community. 

 Uso, please feel free to give us a call or simply email us should you need anything from this side of the world.  The bond between Guam PD and the NZ PD  is something that will last for ever.

 God speed with all our endeavors, as we face the challenges day in and day out, in striving to make our Pacific a safer place.

Dungkulu na Saina Ma’ase,

si Paul S.N. Tapao

Guam Crime Stoppers Coordinator 

Auxiliary Division GPD 

(671) 475-8560   (671) 486-0101

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