Historic Family Violence Bill warmly received in Solomon Islands | Pacific Beat

Historic Family Violence Bill warmly received in Solomon Islands

Historic Family Violence Bill warmly received in Solomon Islands

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:37 AEST

For the first time ever, acts of domestic violence in Solomon Islands are to be criminalised, after parliament passed the Family Violence Bill on Wednesday.

Like elsewhere in the Pacific, the statistics of violence against women in the Solomons are alarmingly high.

It's believed 2 in every 3 women aged between 15 and 49 have experienced some form of physical or sexual abuse during their life.

Under the new laws, perpetrators will face jail terms of 3 years, as well as fines of $SI 30,000, or $AUS 4000.

The National Council of Women's has welcomed the bill's passing, which the country's Permanent Secretary for Women and Family Affairs, Ethel Sigamanu says has been more than 5 years in the making.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speaker: Ethel Sigamanu, Permanent Secretary for Women and Family Affairs, Casper Fa'asala, National Council of Women

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