Samoa village councils key to ending domestic violence

A Samoa cabinet minister has predicted that within five years, all village councils will have by-laws banning domestic violence.

Newsline Samoa reported the Minister for Women and Community Development, Tuitama Leao Talalelei Tuitama, said that so far 40 percent of Samoa villages have by-laws in place to curb domestic violence.

Tuitama said research by his ministry has confirmed that the influence of the village council is crucial to solving the problem of domestic violence.