16 Sep 2013

Domestic violence team from US visits American Samoa

6:41 am on 16 September 2013

A United States team from the National Domestic Violence Hotline based in Texas is visiting American Samoa, to help improve the reporting and response to violence in the home.

The team of four is conducting training to educate the local community to develop effective communication skills so that they can better report domestic incidents.

The Department of Public Safety says without a call there's no case.

A domestic violence hotline has been discussed, and participants attending a forum against such violence looked at factors which resulted in the demise of hotlines in the past.

American Samoa's Assistant Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Folau urged the community to take action.

"I hope that we as a community realise, yes we are all raised to be our brothers and sisters keepers, unfortunately I know that sometimes that works against us but that is our culture, we watch out for each other, so if you do see incidences of domestic violence that you won't just say nothing."

American Samoa's Assistant Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Folau.