Gender domestic violence and its big bite on small island states- Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

This paper reviews literature of gender-based violence in small island states, in particular, domestic violence. Studies have shown that the domestic violence is the most severe and global violation of human rights and causes social and economic repercussions to countries. Small island states suffer in terms of high health, legal and household costs. Moreover, it suffers through loss of productive labour and the negative repercussions on the health and mental state of children. By addressing domestic violence through education and workshops at the grass root level monetary funds can be diverted into other sectors within the economy, thus lifting a country‘s status quo. More importantly, women and girls will have equal outcomes of men and boys; eradicating the vicious cycle of domestic violence, thus enabling a country to reach its full economic potential.