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National study on domestic violence against women in Tonga 2009 prepared by Dr. Henrica A.F.M. (Henriette) Jansen, Dr. Seu’ula Johansson-Fua, Betty Hafoka-Blake, and Gabriella Renee ‘Ilolahia

Contributor(s): Jansen, Henrica | Johansson-Fua, Seu'ula | Hafoka-Blake, Betty | ‘Ilolahia, Gabriella R.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Nuku'alofa, Tonga : Ma`a Fafine mo e Famili Inc., 2012Description: electronic document (255 p.); PDF file: 3.57 MB.Other title: Nofo 'a kainga.Subject(s): ABUSED WOMEN | CULTURAL ISSUES | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | ECONOMIC ABUSE | EMOTIONAL ABUSE | FINANCIAL ABUSE | HEALTH | PACIFIC PEOPLES | PHYSICAL ABUSE | QUALITATIVE RESEARCH | QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH | RISK FACTORS | SEXUAL ABUSE | STATISTICS | SURVEYS | TONGAN PEOPLE | VIOLENCE | VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | CHILD EXPOSURE TO VIOLENCE | WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women | TONGA | SEXUAL VIOLENCE | PACIFICOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website Summary: Very little has been known about the prevalence and patterns of violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence in Tonga, and there has been a real need for evidence to learn more about the prevalence, causes and consequences of VAW, and in particular to inform policy directions. To address this lack of data, Ma`a Fafine mo e Famili Inc. (MFF) initiated a research project on understanding violence against women in this country. In 2008, MFF was awarded funding from AusAID to conduct a study. This marked the first time a large-scale quantitative and qualitative study on this topic was conducted in Tonga. The study was implemented and managed by MFF, with support from a consultant from the University of the South Pacific. An international consultant assisted with interviewer training quantitative data analysis and report writing. Data collection took place in 2008 and 2009. A Task Force consisting of CEOs of core Government ministries and a key NGO stakeholder was set up to support and advocate for legitimacy and ownership of the study. The Task Force was also given the role of policy guidance and direction for VAW as well as mobilizing support for the dissemination of the findings. (from Executive Summary)
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Very little has been known about the prevalence and patterns of violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence in Tonga, and there has been a real need for evidence to learn more about the prevalence, causes and consequences of VAW, and in particular to inform policy directions. To address this lack of data, Ma`a Fafine mo e Famili Inc. (MFF) initiated a research project on understanding violence against women in this country. In 2008, MFF was awarded funding from AusAID to conduct a study. This marked the first time a large-scale quantitative and qualitative study on this topic was conducted in Tonga.

The study was implemented and managed by MFF, with support from a consultant from the University of the South Pacific. An international consultant assisted with interviewer training quantitative data analysis and report writing. Data collection took place in 2008 and 2009.

A Task Force consisting of CEOs of core Government ministries and a key NGO stakeholder was set up to support and advocate for legitimacy and ownership of the study. The Task Force was also given the role of policy guidance and direction for VAW as well as mobilizing support for the dissemination of the findings. (from Executive Summary)