“..Domestic violence is being swept under the mat in Pacific Island countries, with culture being used as an excuse, the region’s top cops say.
The Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police group has vowed to crack down on domestic abuse, adopting a strategy its members hope will both highlight and reduce violence toward women.
Niue police chief Ross Ardern, who chaired the group’s annual conference in Wellington, said domestic violence was under-reported in the islands – and often not even seen as a crime.
Police often found that abuse was treated as a family matter.
“It is a problem that is swept under the carpet, under the mat, and we want it brought out,” Mr Ardern said.
“It is easy to say `Look, that’s our culture, to (treat) women in this fashion.’
I don’t think it is the culture of any country to be able to engage in domestic violence.”
One study found up to 10,000 women in Tonga are victims of violence by a husband or partner every year..
..while in New Zealand police attend 120 family violence calls a day..”
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