The Impact of Multilingualism on Reporting Domestic Violence in Mozambique

Heydon, G and Mabasso, E 2018, 'The Impact of Multilingualism on Reporting Domestic Violence in Mozambique', Language Matters, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 84-106.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The Impact of Multilingualism on Reporting Domestic Violence in Mozambique
Author(s) Heydon, G
Mabasso, E
Year 2018
Journal name Language Matters
Volume number 49
Issue number 1
Start page 84
End page 106
Total pages 23
Publisher UniSA Press
Abstract This article examines the linguistic environment in which police and justice agencies conduct interviews in domestic violence cases in Maputo, Mozambique. In Maputo, most people speak one or more African languages and many do not speak the official language, Portuguese, fluently. Moreover, a complex justice environment in Maputo incorporates customary law such as community-based mediation. This article examines justice and civil society stakeholder attitudes towards the role of language in the justice system. Interviews with staff from ten agencies indicate that stakeholders recognise the positive value for victim- survivors of domestic violence to tell their story in their own language. However, stakeholder agencies sometimes act as linguistic gate-keepers and the authors conclude that a suitable first step in improving the states response to domestic violence is the development of tools to support agency staff at all levels in explaining legal terminology and processes in simple Portuguese, or local language translations.
Subject Language Studies not elsewhere classified
Linguistics not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) access to justice
forensic linguistics
language diversity
legal pluralism
police interviewing
violence against women
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10228195.2018.1444081
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ISSN 1022-8195
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