Marshall Islands

Population size: 

4,525,696 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Women who have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime:51 % Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months against women: 18% [2]

Percentage of women who reported experience of physical or sexual violence, or both, by an intimate partner in their lifetime: 51%

Percentage of women who reported experience of physical or sexual violence, or both, by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey: 18% [3]

Approximately 58% of men and 56% of women generally accept that violence against women is a normal part of marital relationships and 36% of RMI women have experienced either physical or sexual violence, with spouses being the most common perpetrator of both. About 22% of all RMI women report experiencing physical violence in the previous 12 months. Among women who have experienced physical violence, 72% reported that a current husband or partner committed physical violence against them, while 21% reported that they had experienced violence by a former husband/partner. [4]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

No research.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Current law and policy:

Legal protection against domestic violence is provided under The Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act 2011. Legal protection against domestic violence is provided underThe Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act 2011. This act outlaws domestic violence and requires a multisector response including protection orders. 

 

Sources


[1] The World Bank, (1)

[2] UN Women, “Global Database on Violence Against Women – Marshall Islands”, <https://evaw-global-database.unwomen.org/pt/countries/oceania/marshall-islands>

[3] https://pacificwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Section-1-FSM-EVAW-Final-Report-July2018.pdf

[4] https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/countries/fiji/co/republic-of-the-marshall-islands