Domestic Violence and its prevalence in Small Island Developing States- South Pacific Region

This paper reviews the collective studies of domestic violence in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in particular, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Domestic violence is one form of gender inequality. Studies have shown that domestic violence is the most severe violation of human rights causing social and economic repercussions to countries. SIDS are no exception, with increased rate of domestic violence, the countries suffer through the loss of productive labour and increase costs to the government, victims and society. By addressing domestic violence through education and workshops at the grass root level monetary funds can be diverted into other sectors of the economy, thus lifting a country’s status quo. More importantly, women and girls will have equal outcomes as men and boys; eradicating the vicious cycle of domestic violence, thus enabling a country to reach its full economic potential. Read more