4,009 child abuse cases reported between 2018-2020

4,009 child abuse cases reported between 2018-2020

By Sheenal Charan
Saturday 20/11/2021
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar

A total of 4,009 child abuse cases were reported between 2018 and 2020.

6% of the cases reported were specifically related to mental health including emotional abuse, verbal abuse, victim of parental conflict, and attempted suicide.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar during the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect yesterday.

She says the statistics show that parental neglect or abuse can affect a child’s psychological well-being and parental conflict can be transferred to a child and cause a child to internalise and blame themselves.

Akbar says this shows that a child’s mental health is affected by their relationship with their parents or guardians and is critical for their development.

She has encouraged parents, guardians, communities, faith-based leaders, and the general public to create open, empowering and safe conversations with children.

Akbar adds the Fijian government funds the toll-free, national child helpline 1325 to help children access immediate help in situations of abuse and neglect.

She says the Child Helpline allows children and parents to seek counselling or simply talk to a trusted professional about their challenges.

FEATURE NEWS
No decision made to remove the International Women’s Association from CWM – Dr Lalabalavu
Health Minister, Doctor Atonio Lalabalavu says there has been no decision made to remove the International Women’s Association, and they welcome any...
4 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
FCCC demands cease of conditional sale of Coca-Cola Games ticket
A formal demand notice has been issued by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission to the Fiji Secondary Schools’ Athletics Association to ...
4 hours ago

Couple busted for methamphetamine in Nabua
A couple has been arrested and busted in Munda Lane, Nabua for allegedly being involved in the distribution and sale of methamphetamine weighing more ...
4 hours ago

FCCC to begin market inquiry in the grocery sector
The Fijian Competition Consumer Commission will undertake a market inquiry into the pricing practice of the entire industry, which will commence on ...
6 hours ago

ABV provides targeting training for small business entrepreneurs to boost their business
In a bid to bring strong business skills from Australia to Fiji to help small business entrepreneurs, the THRIVE Program provides targeting training ...
6 hours ago

28-year-old man dies in Tabia accident this morning
A 28-year-old man has died in an accident at Tabia in Labasa this morning. Police say the man was driving along the Labasa to Seaqaqa Road at ...
6 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
SODELPA Management Board instructs Gavoka to hand over Education portfolio to Radrodro
The SODELPA Management Board has now asked SODELPA’s Parliamentary Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Viliame Gavoka to relinquish his Education ...
12 hours ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho's Acquittal Appeal
Coverage on the appeal filed by Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, John Rabuku against the acquittal of the former Prime Minister Voreqe ...
15 days ago

National Program Manager for Fiji 7s, Gareth Baber appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan
Gareth Baber appeared on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan to share his plans heading into the preparations for the upcoming tournaments ...
16 days ago

TOP