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Somebody’s Life, Everybody’s Business (2013)
Conducted by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, this survey was undertaken in 2011, in cooperation with the Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics. It presents reliable data on the prevalence of all kinds of violence against women and girls, as well as the impact it has on their physical, mental and reproductive health, ability to earn an income, participation in organisations and on their children. It also provides data on women’s attitudes to gender-based violence and women’s human rights, how women cope with violence, and the risk factors associated with gender-based violence.

Selected statistics

  • 72% of women who have ever been in an intimate relationship experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence from their husband or partner in their lifetime. Many suffered from all three forms of abuse simultaneously.
  • 64% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a husband or intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 44% of women who have experienced physical violence have been punched, kicked, dragged, beaten up, choked, burned, threatened with a weapon, or actually had a weapon used against them.
  • 24% of women in an intimate relationship are suffering from physical or sexual partner violence today.
  • 2 in 5 women have to ask permission from their husbands before seeking healthcare for themselves
  • 57% of women have to tell their husband or partner where they are at all times.
  • 16% of women have been sexually abused while under the age of 15.
  • For 29% of women, their first sexual experienced was coerced or forced.
  • Only 53% of women living with violence have ever told anyone about it.
  • 43% of women agree with one or more “justification” for a man beating his wife.