Mon 15 August 2022 Apia. The development of mutual understanding on ways to ensure the security and welfare of victims of crimes is at the centre of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Samoa Police Prisons and Corrections Service and the Samoa Victim Support Group last Friday.
It was another milestone achieved between the two organisations’ long standing relationship to fight crimes of violence in Samoa, and ensure victims’ rights are protected.
Samoa Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo and SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang signed the agreement that is a major step in formalising a working together approacb towards strategic collaboration.
SPPCS and SVSG have working together as first responders to crimes of domestic violence in Samoa, long before the issue took its current popular standing with other organisations jumping on board.
The MOU cements a commitment by the two agencies to maintain an ongoing relationship and focus on ways to better drive positive outcomes for victims wellbeing and assurance.
A key element of the MOU is to ensure the Law is able to respond to victims needs and not be a burden or hindrance to the service of justice in cases of domestic and sexual violence.
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