Public give view on root causes of violence in homes

By Poasa Solomona 01 November 2023, 11:00AM

Salome Leasuasu, 21, Vaiusu.

"I think that violence originates in families. Many men nowadays struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, which negatively affects their mental well-being putting them at risk and leading to anger management problems. The best approach to address this issue is for spouses to have a strong bond with their kids; they must talk more frequently to figure out what needs to be done to keep arguments from breaking out.

Princeva’a Lalovi, 22, Sataoa Falealili.

"I composed a number of poems on violence against women and children, which has been a problem in Samoa for a long time. However, I think that violence against women and children may be resolved when parents and kids cooperate to create a calm and secure atmosphere. To prevent violence, they should act in accordance with their understanding of their roles and duties within families.

Faaiu Faatuau, 41, Moamoa.

"We don't see any positive improvements even as a consequence of the several initiatives. The Samoa Victim Support Group have been operating in communities to eradicate all types of violence against women and children. Therefore, I firmly feel that there isn't a solution to the problem. The only thing that can be done to help our people achieve peace in their homes is to pray for them, encourage them, and point them towards the Bible and the example of Jesus Christ.

Vailima Siele Toala, 53, Saipipi.

“Men's use of force, threats, intimidation, and violence against women and children is the primary cause of domestic violence. Men believe they are in charge since they are the heads of their homes; therefore they employ these tactics to dominate and manipulate women and children. That is entirely incorrect. We can use our power to strengthen our families and ensure their safety."

Maria Palesio Susana, 59, Sinamoga.

“The primary reason for violence in our society, in my opinion, is that life is too expensive. We never have enough money in Samoa to meet our basic necessities and support our family's faalavelave. That is one of the reasons why men mistreat their spouses and children, even though it is their responsibility to work and support their families."

Fata Levave Leasuasu, 55, Vaiusu.

 "I think that the desire to harm or dominate others is what drives violence and abuse. For this reason, we need more programmes that look at the reasons behind male perpetrators' actions and teach them useful coping mechanisms so they can see how their violent behaviour affects their relationships with their partners and kids."

By Poasa Solomona 01 November 2023, 11:00AM
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