Youth and Family Violence Forum

Samoa judge says smacking children encourages more violence

Presenting a paper at the Youth and Family Violence Forum in Apia this week Justice Vui said the child learned from its parents.

He said parents who smack their children teach them that assault was an acceptable way to teach behaviour and means children learn about violence from a very young age.

Justice Vui, who is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of a Child, said violence was becoming an accepted norm in Samoa.