26 Oct 2011

Samoa NGO says pressure is up for law change on violence

4:11 pm on 26 October 2011

The CEO of Samoa's umbrella organisation for non government organisations says pressure is growing on Cabinet to approve a Family Safety Bill, but more could be done in the community.

The bill is to give a better basis to deal with domestic violence cases, as currently domestic violence is dealt with under the general Crimes Ordinance Act.

The SUNGO chief executive, Roina Vavatau, says attacks are becoming more brutal in society.

She says community groups, like churches, could also do more.

"There's technology. There's problems at home, social problems at home. And churches can have a bigger part to play in addressing it. They need to relook at their roles and see where they are failing to address the problem. 14"

Roina Vavatau says work on the bill began in 2009, and it is now time for action.