The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research has published research into church responses to gender-based violence in Samoa.
Report authors note that the Church plays a central role in Samoan society and accordingly has significant potential to contribute proactively to social well-being:
There are some biblical verses that are widely used to justify or excuse violence against women. However, at the same time that the selective misuse of biblical texts contributes to the problem, there is also recognition that these interpretations should be questioned and challenged.
The 86 page research report includes two Bible studies - published in both English and Samoan - that aim to promote deeper discussion about violence against women. The second part of the report provides a briefing on violence against women in Samoa with particular attention to the challenges it raises for churches.
Read the report and download the studies on the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research website