Workshop aims to curb domestic violence

Thursday June 07, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
Rebeka Buchanan of Punanga Tauturu, one of three organisations involved in a workshop on domestic violence awareness and prevention. 18060636 Rebeka Buchanan of Punanga Tauturu, one of three organisations involved in a workshop on domestic violence awareness and prevention. 18060636

Amidst an apparent escalation in the number of assaults on women on Rarotonga, Punanga Tauturu – the Cook Islands Women’s Counselling Centre, is running a workshop on domestic violence awareness and prevention.

The community project workshop, which started on Tuesday night, is being held at Sinai Hall from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Punanga Tauturu has joined with the Cook Islands Police Service and Confluence Cook Islands to deliver these community workshops, informing Cook Islanders about domestic violence.

The aim is to educate the community on its shared responsibility for domestic violence, and taking action to prevent and eliminate it.

The workshops set out to provide a source of motivation and encouragement for people, helping them understand why they need to take action to prevent domestic violence, and learning how to do this in their community.

Twelve participants attended the opening night, and organisers are hoping the number will increase in the remaining two days of the workshop.

Following an introduction and overview of the workshop by Punanga Tauturu’s Co-ordinator Rebeka Buchanan, the participants were introduced to local and international statistics on domestic violence.

Buchanan, Cook Islands Police representative Sharon Kareroa and Confluence Cook Islands’ Mark Henderson also made presentations on the effects of domestic violence in the Cook Islands.

Those who attended the workshop were also invited to share their personal stories.

Last night, Buchanan spoke about Punanga Tauturu’s role and the services it offers to the victims of domestic violence.

Kareroa outlined the contribution of Cook Islands Police Service in reducing domestic violence and also discussed when and how the police get involved in cases.

She also talked about what more needs to be done to reduce the cases in the country.

Tonight, Henderson will make a presentation on how to help a family with domestic violence problems.

Domestic violence has long been a problem in the Cook Islands, with a high percentage of women affected by it.

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