FAMILY PROTECTION BILL TO PARLIAMENT

National Parliament of Solomon Islands building. Photo credit: Synexe.

National Parliament of Solomon Islands building. Photo credit: Synexe.

The Family Protection Bill has been tabled in Parliament this morning.

The Bill is one of the recommendations of the Solomon Islands Family Health and Safety Study, which had found that almost two in every three women, aged between 15 and 49 years of age, reported they had experienced violence in their relationships.

The 2009 study had also revealed domestic violence as one main form of violence experienced by a majority of women in the country.

Amongst its core functions, the Family Protection Bill wants to prevent or reduce domestic violence and the exposure of children to domestic violence.

Another of the Bill’s core functions is to ensure that people who commit domestic violence are held accountable for their actions.

Inquiries into the Family Protection Bill by the Bills and Legislation Committee was completed yesterday, and it was tabled in Parliament today.

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