Beyond fragility and inequity women's experiences of the economic dimensions of domestic violence in Timor-Leste

Grenfell, D, Cryan, M, Robertson, K and McClean, A 2015, Beyond fragility and inequity women's experiences of the economic dimensions of domestic violence in Timor-Leste, The Asia Foundation, Timor-Leste


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Title of report Beyond fragility and inequity women's experiences of the economic dimensions of domestic violence in Timor-Leste
Author(s) Grenfell, D
Cryan, M
Robertson, K
McClean, A
Year of publication 2015
Publisher The Asia Foundation
Place of publication Timor-Leste
ISBN 9780994315519
Subjects Social Change
Abstract/Summary This report identifies the socio-economic factors that impact upon the choices women make when determining if they should remain in an abusive relationship. The economic dimensions of domestic violence do not sit in isolation; they are in fact situated within a broader web of other societal pressures, obligations, and relationships. Given that, this research focuses on the intersection between economy and violence, while drawing together broader factors that help us to understand women's decision-making when in abusive relationships. This research was undertaken in three districts of Timor-Leste-Baucau, Covalima, and Dili- during the first half of 2014. Research findings were complemented by an analysis of existing survey data and a literature review. A total of 339 respondents were involved in the field work. The challenges of ending violence against women and children are immense in Timor-Leste and domestic violence is frequently seen as a private issue with interventions from outsiders resisted. The use of violence has become all too commonplace and is often socially tolerated; police are ill-equipped; women are often stigmatised for reporting abuse; both customary and modern systems of justice have been reluctant to afford appropriate recognition to victims and to ensure basic needs are met; and, there is a lack of political will at the national level to provide the necessary financial support to victims.
Commissioning body The Asia Foundation
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