Women's group

Tongan women's group hits back at survey critics

Last week, the Internal Affairs Minister Penisimani Fifita referred to the survey conducted by the Ma'a Fafine mo e Famili organisation at the launch of a 16-day anti-domestic violence campaign.

The project co-ordinator for the organisation, Gabriella 'Ilolahia, said the study, which was released in 2012, had been criticised by members of the public for exposing a shameful aspect of Tonga's culture.

But she said it showed that violence did exist in Tonga and could no longer be ignored.

"They're surprised to hear that we can talk about the violence now.