Domestic violence

Samoa village councils key to ending 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.


Samoa's churches urged to help stop violence against women

The report, titled Church Responses To Gender-Based Violence Against Women in Samoa, examines how Samoa's social, cultural and religious systems act to sustain the nation's high rates of violence against women.

The leader of the project, Mercy Ah-Siu Maliko, said in order for churches to achieve this, they must first include women in their ministry work.

Dr Maliko, who has Samoan heritage, said the church needs to revise its interpretation that legitimises the submission of women, that legitimises the customs and rules that oppress women.

Horror stories shared at Samoa anti-violence forum

"What it looks like, is that the abuser uses certain patterns of behaviour to establish and maintain power and control over their partner," she said.

"Although often, it includes physical violence, physical violence doesn't have to be necessarily present. There is verbal abuse, the name calling the put downs. You're fat you're ugly you're stupid, you're a whore."

The panel discussion was part of the United Nations' Spotlight Initiative To Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls.

Samoa church leader says domestic violence God's punishment

Catholic Deacon Kasiano Le'aupepe made the comment at a forum organised by the national human rights institution and UN Women.

Mr Le'aupepe said what has happened to Samoa and its people is because they have violated God's ordinances.

He said Samoans have destroyed and ignored the laws of God and placed more weight on laws of the world.

The chairman said the solution for the problem is for government to seek assistance from the National Council of Churches in calling a national day of repentance.

Call for Samoa's chiefs and orators to help stop domestic violence

MP Fa'aulusau Rosa Stowers, told Newsline Samoa the village councils have the authority to regulate by laws in the villages, and can be the most effective response to domestic violence.

She asked that if traditional councils were effective in their regulatory role on serious police offences in the villages, why not extend this same authority to those who commit violence against women and children.

Samoa PM urges action over family violence

The time for talking was over and action was needed said Tuilaepa as he launched a report following a national public inquiry into the matter.

The Report of the National Public Inquiry into Family Violence said there was a 'veil of silence' over domestic violence in the country and it pointed at the government, the church and village institutions saying they were among those shouldering the blame.

It was time to address the issue head on said the Prime Minister and for those in power to stand up and be counted.

Rihanna accuses Snapchat of 'shaming' domestic violence victims

The singer was the subject of an advert on the platform which asked users if they would "rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown".

The ad, which was for a game, appeared to reference Chris Brown's conviction for assaulting Rihanna in 2009 while they were dating.

Snap Inc says the ad "never should have appeared on our service".

Rihanna posted a lengthy comment on an Instagram Story saying she was "trying to figure out what the point was with this mess".

"I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb," she wrote.

Glee star Naya Rivera charged with domestic violence against her husband

The 30-year-old, who played Santana in the TV show, was arrested at a house in Kanawha County, West Virginia, America.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called for a domestic situation.

Officers say they talked with Ryan Dorsey who told them his wife, Naya, had hit him in the head and face.

Ryan, 34, showed officers mobile phone footage that supported what he says happened.

They also say he had minor injuries.

Optimism for Samoa family violence curb

The commission has finished hearing testimony and a report is to be presented to parliament.

New Zealand based commissioner Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop said people had been saying old family values of fa'asamoa have weakened and it's now time to go back to old traditions like evening family prayers.

"The nation has spoken if you like and said very very loudly that enough is enough. So if we want to protect and celebrate the beauty of the fa'asamoa then we really have to do something now."

Samoa AG calls for fight against Domestic Violence to continue

“The message from this office is clear, domestic violence of any kind is unacceptable and those who commit it where the evidence supports a charge will be prosecuted," says the Attorney General.

Lemalu’s comments follow his presentation to the Ombudsman's Commission of Inquiry into Domestic Violence late last week, according to a government release.

In his presentation given on behalf of the prosecution legal service, the Attorney General stated that statistics show an increase in reported cases between 2012 and 2016.