Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence in Timor-Leste

Published on 30 Oct 2013

An estimated 30-50 percent of Timorese women continue to suffer abuse from their partners at some point in their relationship. This is in spite of the country’s Law Against Domestic Violence (LADV), promulgated by the Government in 2010, that defines it a public crime which requires the state to respond whether a victim files a criminal complaint or not. Strengthening implementation of the current law, together with a formalization of the role of the customary justice systems of Timor-Leste, would significantly enhance the ability of victims of domestic violence to access justice. This is one the leading recommendations drawn from a study launched by UNDP’s Justice System Programme (JSP). The Report looks at the legal and social context and the challenges women face in deciding whether, how and where to seek justice.

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