Twenty men graduate from the Men’s advocacy programme

Part of the graduates from the Men’s Advocacy programme against domestic violence

BY Tulifau Auvaa

APIA: WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 2014: Twenty men who previously had previously abused their wives and families yesterday completed and graduated from the Samoa Victim Support Group Men’s advocacy programme.

SVSG’S Patron and Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau, said that “men’s participation in the advocacy programme 2014 have recorded a major positive change and now have good relationships with their wives and families, no more violence and the men have renewed lives from the programme.”

The programme has had a lot of support from the Family Court as the men who participated in the programme have had assault cases and the Samoa Victim Support Group is now working with the Family Court to end domestic violence.

Most of the men in the programme have appeared in court on assault charges against their wives, partners, family members, have issues with alcohol and most have re-conciliated and are back together with their families.

The programme ran for 12 weeks and the participants range in age between 54 and 22 years old.

Graduation list of SVGS men’s advocacy programme 2014.

Tavita Palu, Uelese Tiuta, Aukusitino Lemalu, Pouesi Hunt, Tala’i Tufuga, Logo Sui, Fanualemoa Ropati Fialii, Paleso’o Paleso’o, Iupati Laga’aia, Archie Vaiala, Benson Hunt, Pili Niko, Sega Anete, Mapuiata Fuatogi, Iuta Meli, Asoau Viiga, Lapana Taulafo, Marcelo Laaloi, Tiapu’e Levi, Tagiilima Savelio, Folau Pulou, Leopope Ponifasio.