Christian Care Centre
The Christian Care Centre (CCC) was officially opened in 2005 by the Community of the Sisters of the Church, who are a religious community of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM).
CCC’s goal is to address violence against women and girls in the Solomon Islands by providing a safe house and pastoral care for women and children who have experienced violence. Since 2005, the CCC has provided psychological first aid, referral to other services and temporary accommodation for women and children who have experienced violence.
Christian Care Centre and IWDA
In 2017, IWDA and CCC/ACoM formed a partnership to implement the Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls project funded through DFAT. This is a four-year project that aims to strengthen CCC’s technical and organisational capacity to support women and children who have experienced violence.
- Rates of violence against women and girls in Solomon Islands are among the highest in the world. According to the 2009 Solomon Islands Family Health and Safety Study, two-thirds of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced violence.
- In 2018, the CCC reached 319 women and children. The centre is the only provider of medium-term shelter to women and children affected by violence.
- Women generally stay at the centre for up to 14 days but can stay longer if they are awaiting court proceedings or family mediation.