21 Mar 2011

Tonga domestic violence survey intended as legislatory lever

6:24 am on 21 March 2011

The head of a Tonga women and families NGO says it's hoped that the government will use the findings of a national domestic violence survey for legislative reform.

A spokespeson for Ma'a Fafine Moe Famili, Betty Blake, says the survey, carried out in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific, gathered information from more than a thousand women aged 15 to 49 who've experienced domestic violence .

She says as representatives of government ministries formed the taskforce, it's hoped the government will endorse its findings.

"We will be presenting it to government, we will be presenting it to all the NGOs of interest, and we hope that we're going to use that finding to do more study and also to see if it can help with legislation reform and also make policies so I think we are looking towards that with the study."

Betty Blake says the survey took two years to conduct and cost more than 200 thousand US dollars.

Its findings will be made public in June.