The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in the Makira Ulawa Province continues to record an increase in the cases of domestic violence (DV) in the Province.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Makira Ulawa Province, Peter Sitai says, “As from 21 of October to 4 of December 2020, police have recorded a total of 18 cases compared to only nine cases in the same period last year.”
“Out of these 18 cases, seven defendants were issued with Police Safety Notices (PSNs), seven incidences still under police investigation, three have been referred to the Kirakira Family Support Centre (FSC) and one case has been forwarded to prosecution ready for court.”
PPC Sitai explains, “The trend is quite alarming compared to 2019 records which only has nine reported cases in the same period.”
“Police therefore, appeals to all community leaders and individual families in the Makira Ulawa Province to think seriously about as it is not a good sign.”
“With the festive season approaching, I appeal to community leaders to support the police in the fight against gender based violence. I urge victims to report any domestic violence case to members of the Crime Prevention Committees in your communities or to your nearest police station,” says PPC Sitai.
Police at Kirakira can be contacted on phones 50299, 50266 and 50276