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Families struggle, end up at S.V.S.G.

A man has sought the assistance of the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) after his wife allegedly walked out on him and their four children.

The not-for-profit organisation did a post on social media on Sunday, highlighting the plight of the father and the challenge he faces of meeting the needs of his four children aged between one and eight years of age.

The man believes his wife is having an extra marital affair as he has forgiven her previously over the same issue and had to do it again for the sake of their children. 

The S.V.S.G. posted that the man called their Help Line to seek assistance for the benefit of children, and to highlight that he himself is a victim of gender-based violence. 

“But he himself is a victim of gender based violence, which does not discriminate, affecting men, women and children alike,” the Facebook post stated. “The wounds cut deeper than the eyes could see, as the psychological impact on the father and his children were obvious when saying goodbye.

The children are now safe at the Campus of Hope while the father is receiving counseling support.”

The S.V.S.G. has also credited their working partnership with UNICEF and the Spotlight Initiative United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has enabled the organisation to respond to the people's call for help.

The coming on board of the ANZ Bank to support intervention against violence had been a welcoming alliance as well as the donation of diapers, baby formula, medicals and other items.

The S.V.S.G. management said: “To the donors and supporters of the Campus, thank you for helping us create and maintain a safe space for the children.”

Food supplies courtesy of the donor organisation Helping Hands continues to enable the organisation to separate parents and their families.

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