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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife appeared in District Court last week but was released on his own recognizance to await his next court appearance, set for Sept. 24th in the Family, Drug & Alcohol (FDA) court. (Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of pointing a gun at a woman’s head in the presence of their young children was arrested by police and he’s now in custody. While arresting the man, police found a baggie of methamphetamine on him. (Samoa News has decided to print the defendant’s name due...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 47-year-old man accused of assaulting his wife while he was intoxicated told the court that he’s sorry and he will never do it again. (Samoa News does not identify parties in domestic violence cases, to protect the victims.) According to the man, he’s a changed...
Associate Justice Fiti A. Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti A. Sunia has suspended a 6-month imprisonment term for a man, convicted of endangering the welfare of his children. Instead, the man is placed on probation for 6 months subject to conditions. Tavita Amani Jr. appeared in High Court Wednesday...
Police Minister, Mateni Tapueluelu
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's police minister has publicly expressed his strong opposition to an Act designed to provide protection from domestic violence. The Family Protection Act, legislated in 2014, was drafted to provide safeguards for family members and applies specifically to women and...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with assaulting his wife with a metal pipe inside their home in the presence of their children has entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the four charges against him —  public peace disturbance, 2 counts of third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a...
Jonathan Fanene
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the legal process in court moves forward, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has advised Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga to rescind the termination letter for former director of the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA), Jonathan Fanene. This is according to...
Jonathan Fanene
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Pre-Trial Conference (PTC) for Jonathan Fanene is scheduled for July 25, 2019 at 9 a.m after he entered pleas of 'not guilty' to the charges against him during arraignment before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia last week. Trial date is set for April 25, 2022. Fanene, who...
Jonathan Fanene
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former American Samoa cabinet member and NFL star has pled not guilty to 13 charges related to a domestic violence incident. Jonathan Fanene pled not guilty the High Court and he was arraigned before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia and Chief Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr...
Dear Editor, Domestic Violence in American Samoa runs rampant in our community. One out of four women in the US face intimate violence between partners, versus Pacific Islander Women, which is two out of three  women. (Goydych, 2017) Domestic Violence is not new in our territory. It appears in our...

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