A SURVEY by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has found that a culture of silence permeates violence against women in the country.
The survey found that most women bear the violence they experience in silence, not reaching out for help.
"Almost half of all women living with partner violence (46.6 per cent) had never told anybody about the violence and almost four out of five women had never sought help," it said. "If the women did tell somebody about the violence, it was most likely their family and friends. However, less than one in five women went to police or health centres and hospitals for help."