Domestic violence

Domestic violence cases in Samoa on the rise

Assistant Police Commissioner Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo was talking following the death of a mother of six, allegedly at the hands of her husband this week.

Auapa'au said the woman - between 30 and 40 years old - had died from stab wounds.

Her husband is in police custody.

Auapa'au said that 878 domestic violence cases were reported in 2019 and 964 in 2020.

He said so far this year Samoa police have received 628 complaints of domestic violence.


Margaux Pinot: Shock over release of judoka’s partner in assault case

Ms Pinot accused her partner and judo trainer Alain Schmitt of punching and attempting to strangle her during an altercation over the weekend.

The Olympic gold medallist, 27, filed a complaint against Mr Schmitt.

He was arrested but denied the allegations and was acquitted in court.

A judge said there was not "enough proof of guilt" for the prosecution to proceed when delivering his verdict in a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

"A court is never there to tell who is telling the truth and who is lying," the judge said.

Increase in Cook Islands men seeking therapy for domestic violence

The Cook Islands Women's Counselling Centre - Punanga Tauturu, are now helping more men than women and there's growing concern tane aren't getting help at the early stages and are instead going straight to court.

Punanga Tauturu has been working to eliminate violence against women for over 20 years.

The group's Co-ordinator Rebeka Buchanan said the lack of early abuse prevention to help Cook Island families break out of cycles of abuse was an issue.

Samoa’s Justice Vui raises concerns about Police interview procedures

The matter was highlighted after a heavily pregnant woman who was allegedly beaten by her partner collapsed at the police station.

Police officers took the woman from the hospital to the police headquarters to record her statement.

On the 5th day of trial last Friday morning, Court proceedings focused on defendant, whose mother had placed the 911 call to Police on the night of December 26th, seeking help for her daughter who was allegedly being beaten by her partner.

The woman is eight months pregnant.

COVID-19 pandemic triggers domestic violence in Samoan families

Samoa Victim Support Group President, Siliniu Lina Chang, highlighted this the issue in a press statement while receiving assistance from local communities. 

 “Stress and anxiety have led to escalating rates of domestic violence, and the United Nations research recording 68% of Samoans having lost income due to the pandemic, is a clear indication of what had mostly triggered violence nowadays; the loss of income”, Siliniu said.

Increase in family violence in Samoa during lockdown says NGO

Its president, Lina Chang, said women and children have in some cases been bearing the brunt of skyrocketing unemployment.

Ms Chang said she's being run off her feet by the volume of callouts in the past month.

"Our people are quite sad. They're disappointed, they don't know who to vent their disappointment on."

"The families are coming together because it's lockdown, and they look at each other and the domestic violence rises. So it's a cycle now," she said.


Pacific family violence workers mobilised during NZ's lockdown

The Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu campaign was launched this month by The Cause Collective, a Pacific social change agency.

The Cause Collective have spent the past three years working with family violence practitioners, Pacific providers and community leaders, including police, social workers and church ministers and training using specific cultural frameworks in eight different Pacific languages through the Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu programme.

Concerns Covid-19 stresses could increase domestic violence in Pacific

A family advocate in Tonga said the national lockdown and closing of borders had added stress to many households.

Tonga is under a State of Emergency as the government attempted to keep the country Covid-19 free.

Tonga's Women & Children Crisis Centre Director, 'Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki, said being in confinement could mean those already in violent relationships, could have their situation exacerbated.

She said the community would start to feel the economic crunch of the pandemic measures.

Charlize Theron 'not ashamed' to talk about her mum killing her dad

The actress was 15 when her alcoholic dad shot through the door of the room where she was hiding with her mum.

"None of those bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle. But in self-defence, she ended the threat," she told NPR.

She added: "The more we talk about these things, the more we realise we are not alone in any of it."

Charlize grew up on on a farm near Johannesburg in South Africa with her mum Gerda and dad Charles.

She described her dad as a "very sick man" and said living with an alcoholic was a "pretty hopeless situation".

Husband charged with murder in Samoa

The 53-year-old woman of Lalomanu was admitted at the Lalomanu District Hospital on 24 July 2019.

Samoa Police said she was a victim of a domestic violence case.

The woman was later transferred to Motootua Hospital and passed away on Monday, 29 July 2019 as a result of her injuries.

Her husband was initially charged by police on causing injury.

An additional charge of murder has been filed in court.

The defendant is scheduled to appear in court on 12 August 2019 for mention.