Mariri presented the message from the Te Ata ote Ngakau report together with her counterparts from the islands of Mauke and Atiu.
The report was released in 2014 and was the first significant study conducted on violence against women and their families in the Cook Islands.
Led by Te Marae Ora professionals and supported by CINCW, the report says that one in three women in the country has in her lifetime experienced some form of physical and sexual violence from family and friends.
The statistics caused huge shock among some sections of the community and prompted urgent action to reduce the figures.
On Mitiaro Mariri was assisted by the council’s members from Mangaia, Aitutaki and Rarotonga who with their male supporters provided youth with an informative session on the culture and the local language and dialects.
They spoke of the importance of everyone playing a role in the community and understanding the study and the messages that could be taken from it.
They reiterated the importance of helping the island councils, the police, Punanga Tauturu and especially those in the homes where violence is still hidden in the shadows. They also stressed the need to talk about the problem and report it in order to bring healing.