Solomon Islands Family Health and Safety Study
This report analyses data from the first nationally representative research on violence against women and children in Solomon Islands. Replicating the WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women, the study provides data on prevalence of violence against women, health effects, protective and risk factors, coping strategies, and the effect on children.
- 64% of women reported experiencing physical and/or sexual violence from their husbands or partners during their lifetime.
- 42% of women reported experiencing physical and/or sexual violence from their husbands or partners in the previous 12 months.
- 73% of women believe that a man is justified in beating his wife or partner under some circumstances.
- 58% of women reported experiencing at least one controlling behaviour from their husband or partner.
- 37% of women reported being sexually abused before they turned 15.
- 38% of women reported that their first sexual experience was coerced or forced.
- 70% of women who had experienced abuse had not told anyone about it.
- 82% of women who had experienced violence had not sought help from formal services.