Te Ata O Te Ngakau Shadows of the Heart The Cook Islands Family Health and Safety Study

Cook Islands Ministry of Health
Cook Islands National Council of Women

Violence against women (VAW) is one of the most concerning human rights violations and public health issues in the world today. United Nations defines VAW as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.”1 VAW crosses cultural, geographic, religious, social, and economic boundaries. This violence affects not only women who experience it, but also their families and communities. The Family Health and Safety Study aimed to obtain reliable data on the prevalence and frequency of different types of VAW in the Cook Islands. The study also sought to: document the associations between partner violence and health issues, as well as other outcomes; identify risk and protective factors for partner violence; understand women’s perceptions about violence against women; and explore coping strategies used by women who have experienced violence.

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March 21, 2021
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