PICP WAN members attend PPDVP Training in Guam

Four members of the PICP Women’s Advisory Network (PICP WAN) attended the domestic violence training workshop in Guam. The representatives were  Mercyba BALOS and Genna TIOBECH from  the  Marshall Islands and Rebecca NGIRNGEBEDANGEL and Sherry SISIOR from Palau police.

 

 

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Micronesian workshop – Train the Trainer – concludes

The first stage of the PPDVP Regional Training Programme for Micronesia concluded on 7th August in Guam.  The first three days had provided the skills and resources for staff to deliver their own training programmes with their police forces.

The photo below is the full course members at the Ramada Hotel in Guam.

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Male and Female responses to roles

This document is uploaded for attendees at the current Micronesian Police domestic violence training being held in Guam.

We’re Different

 

Micronesia Training of Trainers in Guam

PPDVP will work with the police from Palau, Pohnpei and Chuuk states of FSM, and the Marshall Islands at a workshop in Guam from 5th to 16th August 2013.  The workshop will also have participants from the Guam PD attending.

During the two weeks participants will be trained in a Train the Trainer programme of basic domestic violence factors and an intensive course in investigating domestic violence and preparing a prosecution file.  In due course this training will be delivered in each of the countries.  The second phase of the workshop will be an introduction to training, training needs analysis and development and delivery of police training.

PPDVP mentor for Micronesia – AFP staff member Rod Walker will oversee the workshop.  PPDVP implementation staff of Cam Ronald, Soni Malaulau and Kim Bloomfield will present sessions and facilitate the workshop.  The PPDVP office will be unattended until Tuesday 13th August 2013.  Staff can be contacted in Guam on cam.ronald@ppdvp.org.nz

The workshop is funded under an agreement between the PPDVP and the AFP PPDPR

Joining forces to protect women and children in Kiribati

The Australian Federal Police and the New Zealand Police have joined forces with the Kiribati Police Service as part of a long term campaign to reduce the harm from domestic violence.

A new Toyota RAV4 vehicle was handed over to the Commissioner of the Kiribati Police, Ieoru Tokantetaake in a ceremony at police headquarters in Betio on Tuesday 23rd of July.

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Handing over of the vehicle – L to R – Cam Ronald, Programme Manager PPDVP, Commissioner Ioeru Tokantetaake, Inspector Eribwebwe Takirua – OC Domestic Violence Team, NZ High Commissioner Mike Walsh, and Australian High Commissioner George Fraser.

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The vehicle is for the use of the Police Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Unit (DVSO) to assist them to carry out their duties.

The vehicle was funded by the Australian Federal Police through their Pacific Police Development Programme – Regional which has an agreement to work with the NZ Police Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP).    The vehicle is a major item in a range of support that has been provided by the PPDVP since they began to work alongside the Kiribati Police in 2006.

The NZ Police mentor working with Kiribati Police had identified the need for a specific vehicle to assist the DVSO in their interaction with the Kiribati Police around South Tarawa.  The vehicle will be used for a range of purposes including training of staff and communities and awareness.  “The vehicle carries a message in I’kiribati of “Kamanoia aine ao Ataei” (Protect Women and Children) and it will act as a mobile bill board” said Commissioner Tokantetaake.

In handing over the vehicle the New Zealand High Commissioner emphasised the strong links between New Zealand and Australian Police, with the local Kiribati Police.  “This vehicle  demonstrates the commitments of Australia and New Zealand to work together with the Kiribati Government to help to prevent the harm from domestic violence” High Commissioner Mike Walsh said.

The Australian High Commissioner George Fraser noted the changes occurring in Kiribati to strengthen laws to protect families, and he “acknowledged the strong connections between the police services both here in Kiribati and across the pacific.”   The High Commissioner also noted the links with other programmes and activities where Australia was active in supporting the positive changes around saving women and families from violence, across the pacific.

“PPDVP has joined with the AFP PPDPR in our work in Micronesia since the start of this year. Our agreement has allowed us to extend PPDVP’s support to other countries including Kiribati.  The need for the vehicle was recognized by AFP when we raised it, and they provided funds via PPDVP to make it happen” said the PPDVP Programme Manager – Cam Ronald. “This vehicle will help to transport victims of domestic violence, and their families, when they need to be moved to a safe place and when they seek assistance from the Police”

A second vehicle which was bought in Tarawa was also provided under the agreement and this vehicle will be used for general police enquiries and duties.

 

MFAT Friday Forum

The PPDVP Programme Manager, Cam Ronald, was offered the chance to address the regular Friday Forum at MFAT last week.  These sessions allow issues and information pieces to be presented to MFAT – including IDG – staff and on some occasions NZ NGO’s also attend.

The session had a theme on change occurring in the region around domestic violence and the current regional emphasis around legislation, policy and processes to protect families.

About 50 people attended the one hour session and a range of questions were put, with many of them having a focus from the NGO’s on providing greater support for victims, and especially the availability of shelters and refuges.

The Presentation is available in PDF form

 

CMIS database Stats

This pae contains links to documents which support the PPDVP CMIS database statistics for Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

countries data totals March 2013

Tonga’s domestic violence, shocking, say community leaders

Domestic violence statistics in Tonga are disturbing, women have died, and the high rate of physical, sexual and emotional abuse impacts the whole community. It is shocking to see Tonga, a Christian country, bashing its daughters as soon as they become women, community leaders said in Nuku’alofa on April 12.

Director of Health, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola

Tonga’s Director of Health, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola, said that it was time to change what the society and community think about violence.

Domestic violence was a significant cause of injuries admitted to the surgical ward at Vaiola Hospital, he said in his keynote speech on the ‘Consequences of Family Violence on the Health Sector in Tonga’.

He was speaking to about 100 people at the opening of a five-day workshop on ‘Upskilling Journalists and Advocates on Reporting Family Violence in Tonga’, held at the Basilica.

The  excellent article from Matangi Tonga can be found at http://matangitonga.to/2013/04/13/tonga%E2%80%99s-domestic-violence-shocking-say-community-leaders

The text of the article is also posted below.

Domestic violence statistics in Tonga are disturbing, women have died, and the high rate of physical, sexual and emotional abuse impacts the whole community. It is shocking to see Tonga, a Christian country, bashing its daughters as soon as they become women, community leaders said in Nuku’alofa on April 12.

Tonga’s Director of Health, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola, said that it was time to change what the society and community think about violence.

Domestic violence was a significant cause of injuries admitted to the surgical ward at Vaiola Hospital, he said in his keynote speech on the ‘Consequences of Family Violence on the Health Sector in Tonga’.

He was speaking to about 100 people at the opening of a five-day workshop on ‘Upskilling Journalists and Advocates on Reporting Family Violence in Tonga’, held at the Basilica.

“The perception of the society and community is very important. What we think about violence is very important. I think we need to change that – because what you think is what you say, and what you say is what you do, and what you do produces the consequences.

“It is important we address that because we at the Ministry of Health are at the end collecting the consequences, which is the damage and at times always too late.”

Disturbing statistics

Dr ‘Akau’ola said that a first National Study on Domestic Violence by the Ma’a Fafine moe Famili in 2009, was launched by the Prime Minister last year.

“They are disturbing statistics and I think if we are not affected by these statistics, there must be something wrong with us!” he said.

The report found that 45 per cent of Tongan women reported having ever experienced at least one of the three types of violence: physical, sexual, and emotional violence during their lifetime.

“Some 33 percent of ever-married or partnered women were victims of physical violence in their lifetime and in two thirds of these, the violence was fairly significant – it included being punched, hit, dragged, beaten-up, choked, burnt or having a weapon against them,” he said.

“This is first time we have seen statistics like this in Tonga, it was an excellent report and I have brought out some perceptions for us to hear,” he said.

Controlling behaviour

The report states that 91 percent of women had experienced, at least once in their lifetime, controlling behaviour of the husband.

“So the husbands were always trying to control the wife as if she does not have her own choice.

“57 percent of husbands controlled the woman’s access to medical health, that includes surgery, if she has had 12 kids and wants tubular ligation she has to ask permission of the husband – just think about it. Then 39 percent want to control the wife from seeing her friends for a cup of tea,”

He was also concerned that the women were thinking the same as the perpetrators of the violence. “I mean, this is the kind of thinking in our society. Now the women are thinking the same!”

Mental health

Worldwide, it has been found that many of the perpetrators of family violence have mental health issues.

“We know in Tonga there are a lot of personality traits here and people with poor impulse control.

“We should be aware that you may be stuck with a violent husband but he probably needs some mental treatment, so that you don’t keep suffering the same treatment all the time,” he said.

Quoting a police report he said that from 2000-09 there were 2,753 women recorded as victims of violence for physical abuse and sexual assaults.

Violent deaths

He said in 2009 four women were killed violently in Tonga because of domestic violence.

Dr ‘Akau’ola became emotional as he was personally involved in the cases as a pathologist.

“I feel very strongly about it because I went to court providing evidence on all four cases, I had to listen to the circumstances around these fatalities and it is something you never forget and it affects you,” he said.

Dr ‘Akau’ola said family violence has  profound effects in families, and significant lifelong physical and psychological consequences.

“It is clear we have to work together, we need to change our mind set,” he said.

New Zealand

Stephanie Edmond, a senior journalism trainer from the Family and Community Services of the Ministry of Social Development in Wellington, and the Project Manager for a government funded campaign ‘Its not Ok’ will facilitate the training from April 15-19.

She said news media has a critical role to play in portraying domestic violence as a serious social problem.

Stephanie said they realized early in their campaign when it was launched in 2007 they could not change communities’ attitudes toward family violence and encourage people to speak up when it happens, without the news media.

“In the New Zealand media back then if you read a newspaper, watched TV or listened to the radio, one would not know that half of the murders in the country were a result of family violence, or that 10 children die each year at the hands of a family member, and that one in three women experienced violence from a partner in their lifetime.

“We encouraged the news media to give the topic the importance it deserved. We found that the news media were very ready to do that and weren’t opposed to doing it but they just didn’t have the information,” she said.

Stephanie said domestic violence is everybody’s problem. “As journalists we do have a responsibility to communicate that to everybody and hopefully we can be part of preventing that social problem and help people to get the help and making it Not Ok in New Zealand and in Tonga,” she said.

“We are very proud of the work we have done with the news media in reporting domestic violence. Tonga is the first country in the world who has wanted to know what we have done and invited us to bring it here to share with you, and I want to congratulate you for that,” she said.

Need to help perpetrators

Tonga’s Anglican Archdeacon Joe Le’ota who spent 12 years working in New Zealand in a programme called “Living Without Violence”, mainly for Pacific islanders, prayed for a successful outcome of the workshop.

“It is shocking to see in the internet that Tonga is the highest place of violence to its women outside marriage here in Tonga. We call ourselves a Christian country, but we are still bashing our daughters as they come to 15 and they are young women.”

He said he hoped that there would soon be an NGO in Tonga that would be able to work with the perpetrators.

“We have to stop the perpetrators or teach them some way to accept women as equals at home too,” he said.

Women’s Affairs

The workshop is provided by the Tonga National Planning Committee for the International Women’s Day under the Secretariat of Department of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, with funding support from AusAID and the Australian High Commission in Nuku‘alofa. It is the second part of the celebration to mark the International Women’s Day 2013 with a theme “Breaking the Silence that Allows Violence Against Women”.

The workshop is offering five TNPC-IWD journalism awards, sponsored by Matangi Tonga Online, the Tonga Development Bank, Women in Sustainable Enterprises (WISE) Tonga Inc., and Lepolo Taunisila of the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team.

Medico and Legal care of sexual assault victims

The Auckland DHB have made this reference document, which is from the World Health Organisation, available to PPDVP.

People establishing facilities for the support of victims, and others, will find it a useful reference

http://www.ppdvp.org.nz/wp-content/media/2013/03/WHO-medico-legal-care-of-vicitims-of-sexual-violence.pdf

Tonga – International Women’s Day

Tonga recognised the harm caused by Domestic Violence on International Women’s Day.  The local newspaper, Matangi Tonga, carries an excellent story on this event.  The local initiative to produce a brochure on the harm that results, and linking this back to reported cases in an anonymous way, is a great way to raise awareness.

The Tonga Government will consider a Family Protection Bill later this year.

http://matangitonga.to/2013/03/08/break-silence-and-end-violence-against-women-tonga

 

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