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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Brutalizing women is becoming a vile sport for men who thrive on power, control and sadistic behaviors. It thrives on our fears, pride, neglect and SILENCE. It also thrives on a complacent  and inept system that victims rely on to protect and safeguard them and their families. The governor’s...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A mother of three that authorities allege was beaten into a coma by her husband inside their home in Nu’uuli last Thursday morning has died, and the government will pursue a murder charge against the suspect. Sources told Samoa News that the victim of the domestic...
Gas station that was set on fire
Apia, SAMOA — A man set fire to the Apia Maroon petrol station Saturday afternoon (Samoa time), then stabbed and killed his wife before taking his own life in Samoa’s latest horrific incident of domestic violence. Witnesses say the couple had been arguing for quite some time before the incident...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A domestic violence case came before District Court last week for sentencing and District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea told the male defendant that he court doesn’t take these cases lightly. He told the defendant that a week doesn’t go by without these cases coming before...
The new wall at TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court has ordered the sponsor of a man from Samoa who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend to come forward and fulfill his responsibility under ASG Immigration laws. And that is, paying the defendant’s return airfare to Samoa and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Violent acts against women and children in homes must be stopped.” This was the message from Associate Justice Fiti Sunia when he delivered his decision in the case of Ethan Mauga, who appeared in court last week for sentencing, after being convicted of 3 different...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man whose Immigration ID expired Jan. 21, 2019 has been released to the custody of Immigration. The man appeared in District Court Monday on charges of private peace disturbance and third degree assault following an alleged physical altercation with his wife. (To...
Dear Editor, One mother abused or killed in a domestic violence situation, leaves behind her children and a trail of hurting generations.The following random reported situations highlights family violence in American Samoa. 9/5/2015: A woman sustained massive physical traumatic injuries in the...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was convicted by the District Court for assaulting his wife has been ordered to spend 10 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) as a condition of a 12-month probation term. The detention period will see the defendant spending 5 straight weekends at...
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Apia, SAMOA — Blood on the walls. Bruises like smashed plums. As long as Sefina* can remember, family violence has been part of her life. She watched her mother routinely attacked by her stepfather. “Sorry,” her mother would whisper afterwards to the children. Then, Sefina’s elder sister was nearly...

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