4 Nov 2013

American Samoa opens domestic violence hotline with first call to Texas

2:53 pm on 4 November 2013

Victims of domestic and sexual violence in American Samoa can now call a National Domestic Violence Hotline based in Texas.

The hotline provides round the clock services in 170 languages including Samoan.

American Samoa marked the connection to the hotline with a broadcasted call from First Lady Cynthia Malala-Moliga, who spoke to Katie Ray-Jones from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

"I, along with organisations that are against domestic and sexual violence am calling from American Samoa to officially open the communication lines between our families and villages of American Samoa to your advocates there in the National Domestic Violence Hotline."

The American Samoa First Lady, Cynthia Malala-Moliga.

The hotline connects callers directly to domestic violence shelters and helps victims find legal services.