CRIMES: » DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

VISION:   "A SAFER SAMOA, FREE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE"

MISSION:  "TO LEAD THE PACIFIC BY PROVIDING THE BEST SERVICE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE"

BRIEF HISTORY:


A Declaration of Partnership was signed on 11th October 2007 between the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP) and the Pacific Islands Chief of Police (PICP). As shown below:

The Domestic Violence Unit was officially opened on June 2008 within the Ministry of Police and Prisons.  It was under General Policing Portfolio at the time.  In 2010, it was re-located under the Crimes & Prosecution Portfolio.

"BREAK THE SILENCE, END THE VIOLENCE"

Domestic Violence is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behavior, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, ­Financial, emotional) between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

Domestic Violence can come in many forms and can include the following unacceptable behaviors:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

The abuser can use a pattern of behavior(s) that is both abusive and controlling. This behavior is designed to give control and power over their victims and isolate them from other people and support. They can also deprive people of their independence and try to control and regulate their everyday behavior.

The effects of domestic violence can be both frightening and devastating. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence we are here to help you. Talk to us or someone you trust and together we can stop domestic violence.
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