29 Nov 2016

More than 70 percent of women abused in Tonga: Survey

8:15 am on 29 November 2016
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A survey in Tonga has found that 77 percent of women there have been physically or sexually abused.

The study, completed four years ago by the University of the South Pacific and the Ma'a Fafine moe Famili centre, was highlighted by the Internal Affairs Minister Penisimani Fifita when he launched an anti-domestic violence campaign.

He said about 90 percent of such incidents were carried out by husbands, fathers and teachers.

The minister said the lives of the women who suffered abuse were impacted forever.

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