Domestic violence is on the increase in the Melanesian state of Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Star News reports that the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has recorded an increase in domestic violence cases to more than 500 cases between January and August, 2015.
The media unit of the RSPF revealed that the statistics were a result of the Community Policing Unit’s efforts in carrying out community awareness and education programs since the beginning of the year.
Disturbing cases of wife beatings leading to deaths have surfaced with a recent case involving the killing of a woman by her husband on Father’s Day, earlier this month.
According to Solomon Star News, the woman had been preparing the family’s evening meal when she was allegedly beaten up by her husband. The woman was taken to the National Referral Hospital in Honiara but died from injuries sustained, three days later. The husband of the deceased has been charged for murder by the Guadalcanal Police.
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is urging victims of domestic violence to “speak up and save others” by reporting cases to the police.