Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG)

Just when I think sexual assault services are underfunded and struggling, I meet two inspiring women Lina Chang and Kisa Ao from Samoa who run the only victim support service in the whole of Samoa. They do this without ongoing funding and in the face of opposition from powerful men within their own community. This service has been running since 2005.  Since the beginning SVSG has assisted over 400 victims of sexual and physical violence, provided shelter to 300 child victims of sexual crimes and women survivors of violence and their children. SVSG works hard to change community attitudes towards sexual and physical violence and to empower the poor and vulnerable to enable them to speak out about their abuse.
We wish them all the best for their future efforts and pledge to offer them any assistance we can.

1 comment:

  1. Malo lava le taumafai.
    I am a Samoan counsellor and Family violence specialist based at 224 Thomas Street Dandenong office working from 9-5pm everyday. I am running a men's connect group soon on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at Dandenong office. Please email me on or phone the office (03)8710 9600 for Adolf(Atofu) for an assessment or if you someone is interested in joining a men's group. The group can include all men such as the Pacific Isanders and Maori, Aboriginals, CALD, etc.

    God bless

    Maguia lava le aso