9 Mar 2012

High level of violence against Tonga women

9:08 am on 9 March 2012

A new report claims more than three quarters of Tongan women are experiencing violence at either home or school.

The Director of Ma'a Fafine Moe Famili says the research is a first for Tonga and has taken four years to complete.

Betty Blake says the alarming statistic is a call for the government, church leaders and NGO's to act, as she believes this is the worst rate in the world.

She says the report will be launched by the Prime Minister on Monday, and she hopes the involvement of the Ministries of Health, Education, Police and Law on the domestic violence task force will ensure a better future for Tongan women.

"Seventy seven per cent of Tongan women and girls are affected by violence perpetrated by their fathers or teachers, experienced directly violence from their fathers from home and from school."

She says she's looking forward to cabinet passing domestic violence laws when it resumes in June.