Project to help victims of violence in Vanuatu's remote areas
A pilot project has been launched by Vanuatu's justice ministry to help victims of violence who live in remote areas to get access to the justice system.
The project, funded by Australia, gives community volunteers in remote places the power to issue temporary protection orders for victims of domestic violence.
The volunteers will be trained in counselling and addressing domestic violence in areas where it is hard to access police or the courts.
The justice minister, Ronald Warsal, said it was the final step towards implementing the Family Protection Act, which became law in 2008.