Prevalence Data on Different Forms of Violence against Women:

Lifetime Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence :46 % (1)

Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months : 22 % (2)

Lifetime Non-Partner Sexual Violence : 11 % (3)

Child Marriage :11 % (4)

Reports submitted by UN Human Rights Bodies:

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Gender Equality Indexes:

Gender Inequality Index Rank :97 (5)

Samoa Search Data

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Samoa Victim Support 24-Hour Hotline

Samoa | 2013

Type of Measure : Social services > Hotline/Helpline

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Domestic Violence Bill/ Family Safety Act

Samoa | 2013

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence


Public Service Day

Samoa | 2013

Type of Measure : Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


16 Days of Activism for Ending Gender Based Violence

Samoa | 2013

Type of Measure : Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Teen Mums Pilot Program

Samoa | 2013

Type of Measure : Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Section 7 of the Constitution

Samoa | 2013

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Constitutional provision

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Section 8 of the Constitution

Samoa | 2013

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Constitutional provision

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act

Samoa | 2012

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


National Policy for Women of Samoa

Samoa | 2010 | 2015

Type of Measure : Policies > Inclusion of violence against women in other national plan/strategy

Form of Violence : Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual violence


Statistics on Violence from the Domestic Violence Unit

Samoa | 2009

Type of Measure : Administrative data > Justice, Administrative data > Police

Form of Violence : Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence


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(1) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 15-49 years experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Source: Secretariat of the Pacific, 2006. The Samoa Family Health and Safety Study. Noumea, New Caledonia; & Garcia-Moreno, C., Jansen, H., Ellsberg, M., Heise, L. and Watts, C., 2005. WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women. Geneva: WHO.


(2) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 15-49 years experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence in the last 12 months. Source: Secretariat of the Pacific, 2006. The Samoa Family Health and Safety Study. Noumea, New Caledonia; & Garcia-Moreno, C., Jansen, H., Ellsberg, M., Heise, L. and Watts, C., 2005. WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women. Geneva: WHO.


(3) Proportion of women aged 15–49 years experiencing sexual violence perpetrated by someone other than an intimate partner since age 15. Source: Secretariat of the Pacific, 2006. The Samoa Family Health and Safety Study. Noumea, New Caledonia; & Garcia-Moreno, C., Jansen, H., Ellsberg, M., Heise, L. and Watts, C., 2005. WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women. Geneva: WHO.


(4) Percentage of women aged 20 to 24 years who were first married or in union before age 18. Source: UNICEF global databases, 2018, based on Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and other nationally representative surveys.


(5) The Gender Inequality Index is a composite measure reflecting inequality between women and men in three different dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent birth rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats held by women and share of population with at least some secondary education), and labour market participation (labour force participation rate). Source: United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2016.