“Why do we educate our young people with violence?” asks artist Ebonie Fifita, clutching a punch bag she has created out of a multitude of Tongan school uniforms, to add visibility to the issue of community violence.
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A mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of her 14-year-old daughter whom she severely assaulted last August will be sentenced on Wednesday May 7, at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court. The girl died of septic shock and multiple organ failure days after a prolonged beating by her accused family members, who then left her without medical care.
The first sitting of Tonga’s Court of Appeal which ended on Wednesday, April 9, in Nuku’alofa delivered judgments, that included reducing a 16-years sentence imposed on a man who sharpened his knife and stabbed his sleeping wife 23 times. The court replaced it with 10-years imprisonment with the final two-years suspended.
Thirty young girls aged 11-19 years from Tongatapu villages have taken part in a three-day “Eliminating Violence against Girls” Camp 2014.
Fifita ‘Ofa, a mother whose faces manslaughter charges over the death of her 14-year-old daughter, was released on bail after the case was adjourned to 21 January 2014, to allow the Crown to review the evidence and decide on appropriate charges.
Victims of domestic violence will have easy access to free non-judgmental counseling and also to a police officer and a registered nurse, who will be stationed at the Women and Children Crisis Centre in central Nuku‘alofa as part of a new “one-stop-shop” crisis service that was launched today.
A workshop for Town and District Officers, all men to lead the drive to eliminate violence against women, was launched this morning, 25 November by Lord Vaea at the Davina House, Nuku’alofa.
Tonga’s landmark Family Protection Bill 2013 passed by the Legislative Assembly of Tonga on September 4, after three weeks of heavy debate, will help the police to deal with family violence that is increasing in Tonga. It now awaits the assent of the King and is expected to be enacted next year.
Five award-winning writers received cash prizes on Friday in the first Tongan Journalism Awards programme, organised by the Tonga National Planning Committee for International Women’s Day.
Tonga’s new Family Protection Bill 2013 will provide protection orders that will quickly and firmly stop a significant crime in Tonga - a crime that has killed four women and left others hospitalized due to severe beatings from either their partners or husbands. By Linny Folau.
Although Tonga lacks real statistics on the economic cost of domestic violence, the cost of the crime to the country is huge. Awareness is the key, and it is not easy to estimate the cost of family violence unless we all come out and talk about it, Siosi Mafi, the Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga said on April 17.
The Tonga Police makes two to three arrests a week for domestic violence, which is a tiny tip of the iceberg, while statistics revealed a drop in the rate of reporting the crime to the police, which causes concern, said Police Commissioner Grant O’Fee on April 15. By Linny Folau
Violence is a learned behavior. Community violence is a traumatic event that is a bad symptom of something that has reached deep into our society. It is a behavior of citizens who are stressed, who are trying to cope and solve problems. Some of the sources of stress include poverty, lack of housing, joblessness, family pressures, and hopelessness. …In random community violence, like we are seeing here in Tongatapu, there are no warnings. This should make us all realize that something like this could happen to us. By Kristi Seymour.
A landmark Family Protection Bill is set to be introduced to Tonga’s Parliament soon and is currently undergoing public consultations.
Raise the awareness of our community on domestic violence which is happening in Tonga and use the media as a vehicle to tell the real stories of women and break the silence that allows violence, urged Hon Frederica Tuita to a national event to mark the International Women’s Day 2013 in Nuku’alofa, on March 8.
In Tonga there is violence between high school boys, young men in villages, between and within families and in public places. “And at the end of each case someone’s loved one is injured or badly affected, sadly, the perpetrators of violence are mostly by us, the men,” Lord Vaea said today as Tonga marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Violence against women has become a way of life for some Tongan families, according to a report that was published last month by the Ma’a Fafine mo e Famili Inc., a local women’s non government organization.
A woman in her late 30’s remains in police custody, charged with causing grievous bodily harm to her husband, and attempted suicide, following a domestic incident at Nukunuku on February 23.
New Zealand’s Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP) on November 7 is bringing a group of eight rugby representatives to Tonga for a week, where they will visit schools and community groups, promoting the slogan, “Break the Silence, End the Violence”.
Unfortunately, many people, especially women and children in Tonga, think that it is normal to be beaten up, but it is time to change this attitude, the Acting Co-ordinator of the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children, ‘Eleni Mone said this week. Sunday, October 3, 2010