Family Health and Safety Studies in Micronesia and Melanesia
The Human Development Programme, in collaboration with the UNFPA and AusAID, is currently carrying out a three year study on gender-based violence and child abuse in Kiribati and Solomon Islands. The study follows the Samoa Family Health and Safety Study (SFHSS) which was funded by UNFPA and implemented by SPC in 2001. Samoa represented Polynesia, and Micronesia and Melanesia are represented by Kiribati and Solomon Islands respectively. The Pacific studies are part of a WHO multi-site survey on gender-based violence, which has been conducted in ten countries across sixteen survey sites and will ultimately allow for comparisons between countries. Research on child abuse, conducted in cooperation with UNICEF, is a component of the current studies in Kiribati and Solomon Islands.
The study follows on the Samoa Family Health and Safety Study (SFHSS)* which was funded by UNFPA in 2001 and implemented by SPC, which is a component of the larger Pacific Multi-site Study on the effects of violence against women on family health and safety. The Multi-site Study is based on a WHO study design that was modified to suit the Samoa situation yet allowed comparison with similar studies in other parts of the world. Samoa represented Polynesia, one of three sub-regions in the Pacific. Under this current project, the two other sub-regions, Micronesia and Melanesia, are represented by Kiribati and Solomon Islands respectively.
The present study aims to discover the causes and consequences of domestic violence and related child abuse and what forms of protection currently exist against it. It also aims to help identify ways to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence and child abuse.
Part of the research involves finding out what other studies on gender based violence and child abuse have been undertaken or are planned in the region.
The outcomes of the study will help contribute to the provision of better information and training to various stakeholders such as police and health care personnel. This in turn, will improve the response to domestic violence and the assistance given to victims.
For more information on the Family Health and Safety Studies please contact:
SPC Regional Office
Box 1468, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Telephone: +677 25543, fax: 677 25547,
Mia Rimon (Regional Coordinator) -
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