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The National Study on Family Health and Safety in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) consisted of two separate components: a quantitative study based on the methodology developed for the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women; and a qualitative study based on data collection methods of previous studies.

This fact sheet presents the main facts regarding violence against women in the Marshall Islands.


The study sought to obtain information about:

(1) The prevalence, frequency and types of violence against women, including physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse, and controlling behaviors by intimate partners; physical and sexual violence against women since they were 15 years old by non-partners; sexual abuse in childhood (before 15 years of age).

(2) The extent to which violence against women by a partner is associated with a range of health and other outcomes.

(3) Factors that may either protect from or put women at risk of violence by a partner.

(4) Coping strategies and services that women use to deal with domestic violence, as well as perceptions about domestic violence against women.