Federated States of Micronesia Family Health and Safety Study

A prevalence study on violence against women

Cover of Federated States of Micronesia Family Health and Safety Study

No. of pages: 202

Publication date: October 2014

Author: The Federated States of Micronesia Department of Health and Social Affairs

ISBN: 978-982-520-055-0

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Family Health and Safety Study was the first research effort to gather comprehensive information around violence against women in the country. The FSM Family Health and Safety Study (FHSS) aimed to gauge the prevalence and types of violence against women (VAW) in the FSM. The study also sought to document the associations between partner violence and the wellbeing of the woman and her children, as well as to identify risk and protective factors for partner violence. The methodology of the study is based on the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, which combines quantitative and qualitative components and adheres to international ethical and safety standards. The findings of the study demonstrate that Micronesian women experience important levels of intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women. Nationwide, one in every three women in FSM experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner in their lifetime. Regionally, prevalence figures of lifetime physical and/or sexual partner violence were over 50% in some FSM States. In the case of non-partner violence, the study shows that about 14% of interviewed women experienced child sexual abuse and the most common perpetrators were family members.