Solomon Islands strengthens Family Protection Act
The Solomon Islands’ Family Protection Act has been strengthened by the introduction of harsher penalties for sexual violence and defined a range of serious offences, including those committed against children.
Vaila Ngai, Policy Coordinator at the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs hopes awareness workshops and training about the new amendments will help to change the public’s attitudes about domestic and sexual violence.
“Previously people think it is just, you know, a private matter, none of our business let’s not do anything. So you want to see that whole behavioural attitude change generally across the public. You know, looking at it as a national issue no longer a private matter,” said Vaila.