Approaches to Domestic Violence against Women in Timor-Leste: A Review and Critique, from Human Rights Education in Asia-Pacific, Volume 3, 2012

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The chapter in this volume entitled Approaches to Domestic Violence against Women in Timor-Leste: A Review and Critique examines the way in which the informal justice system deals with domestic violence. Informal justice systems play a central role in the lives of many citizens. According to the country’s traditional systems, it is the community leaders and elders, not the police, who are responsible for resolving disputes swiftly and with a concern for establishing harmony in the material as well as spiritual worlds. The literature suggests that this is true also for the way most Timorese deal with domestic violence, a highly prevalent phenomenon in Timor-Leste today. The author is an advisor with UNDP’s Justice System Programme.

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