- Focus Areas
Author: Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development
The Pacific Women program contracted a review of counselling services across the Pacific region. The review’s purpose is to assess counselling services for survivors of gender-based violence with regard to quality, reach, and accessibility, and to outline factors that contribute to success and current best practice in counselling service delivery.
A survey involving a self-assessment questionnaire was conducted to map counselling service providers across fourteen Pacific nations. This was followed up by 47 key stakeholder interviews and nine focus group discussions. Two countries were visited – Fiji and Vanuatu. Fiji was selected because it has a wide range of counselling services and Vanuatu was selected as it provided an opportunity to review a model for delivering services across a dispersed island group.
The review identified 85 counselling service providers who are spread across the Pacific, with 35 per cent of them based in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Fiji. One country, Niue, reported no counselling services for survivors of violence while there are only limited counselling services available in most other Pacific Island countries. The self-assessment questionnaire was sent to 77 providers, with 45 responding. Approximately half of the providers conduct skilled counselling, with the remainder providing basic counselling services.
Read in full here: Review of Counselling Services in the Pacific