Honiara : 29 November 2015
Letter to the Editor, Solomon Star Newspaper.
Since writing my article to your newspaper, yesterday, relating to the reported increase in family violence cases and the numbers of women. girls and young children now in care at the Honiara Christian Care Centre. I received an email from a local resident saying it would be beneficial to known the family backgrounds of the family members now in care.
It was rather implied that the core of victims come from two elements of our society often subjected to their men folk being subjected to the most forms of stress in their daily work
If that is a true situation then it surely raises the need to examine the root causes of their home and work troubles and to do everything possible to remedy the primary causes by looking into work routines and provide counselling either at the employer level or by professional social workers.
If there is any element of ill-discipline associated with a workers conduct then all the more reason for departmental heads to exercise their authority over their personnel.
Violence in the home has a major impact and influence on our children who can suffer years of distress by being caught up in home troubles and witnessing domestic violence.
In other words we must focus our efforts on children,youth and young adults,and build healthy socio-cultural values and environments for them.
Family violence is preventable. There are universal evidence-based programs and policies that can stop family violence from happening in the first place promoting and creating healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, and healthy families
We can borrow ideas from the UNDP and other agencies for help.
Research shows that most of the precursors of family violence occur in childhood and adolescence. Children and youth learn relationship skills and social behaviours from their parents and other family members.
A high proportion of children who witness or experience violent relationships in childhood go on to perpetuate these patterns in adulthood with their own children and partners.
If we want to prevent violence before it starts in the Solomon Islands,we must focus our efforts on children, youth and young adults, especially those who are or may soon become parents.
The second focus for prevention of family violence is building non-violent and healthy values, beliefs, attitudes and environments as research shows they often determine and influence appropriate and inappropriate behaviours.
Here I believe our Christian churches must take a greater lead by reaching out to families and identifying what and should be done to stop the domestic violence cancer from becoming more and more pervasive in our society.