The Samoa Family Health and Safety Study

A joint research initiative undertaken by SPC and UNFPA, this study is part of a larger Pacific Multi-site Study on Family Health and Safety. The survey methodology was based on one developed by WHO and the study was carried out with the agreement and assistance of the Samoan Government.

Selected statistics

  • 46% of women who have ever been in an intimate relationship have experienced some form of abuse (physical, sexual and/or emotional) from their husband or partner.
  • 62% of women had experienced physical abuse from someone other than their husband or partner.
  • More than 70% of those surveyed said they felt they could not refuse sex to their husbands or partners.
  • 74% of men who admitted to beating their wives said they had done so because she was disobedient or had talked back to them.
  • 95% of male respondents agreed that women should have the right to voice their opinions but 98% said that wives should be obedient to their husbands.