15 Dec 2015

Hopes new NZ strategy can combat Samoan family violence

9:31 am on 15 December 2015

An academic is hoping a New Zealand government report will lead to more effective ways to overcome violence within Samoan families.

The new report from the Ministry for Women aims to give a Samoan perspective to the problem of violence against women and girls and to find solutions.

It highlights key prevention strategies that already occur and discusses Samoan approaches for trying to end violence.

Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop hopes it leads to a better understanding for all service providers.

"I'm hoping that re-examination will lead to an awareness-raising and also more robust steps and more family based ways to address violence within families. Because it's within the families that the solution must be found, the families within the communities."