In parts of the Pacific, the words "domestic violence" conjure up images of men strapping their wives into subservience. The Marshall Islands present a different scenario. 1 Violence does occur there, but it is not necessarily initiated by males. It occurs between siblings and cousins, it is initiated by females as well males, and its very presence so seriously threatens community and family solidarity that it is denied. Nevertheless, intra-family and community violence are integral parts of daily life.