21 Aug 2010

Calls in Marshall Islands for govt to take action against spousal abuse

9:42 am on 21 August 2010

An alleged murder in the Marshall Islands has prompted women's groups to lobby the country's president to take action on rampant spousal abuse.

Police are holding a man without bail after he was charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his wife multiple times following a domestic argument last week.

The victim, a teacher at the College of the Marshall Islands, had just received her master's degree.

Educator Dr Hilda Heine says Marshall Islands President Jurelang Zedkaia should establish a task force to find solutions to domestic violence.

Majuro averaged two murders annually over the past 12 years, but a study by the group, Women United Together Marshall Islands, reports more than fifty percent of women say they have been physically or verbally abused by male family members.