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A Review of the 2010 Domestic Violence Law in Timor-Leste

Yogaratnam, Jeswynn (2013). A Review of the 2010 Domestic Violence Law in Timor-Leste. Asian Journal of Comparative Law,8(1):1-26.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 84279116xPUB68
Title A Review of the 2010 Domestic Violence Law in Timor-Leste
Author Yogaratnam, Jeswynn
Journal Name Asian Journal of Comparative Law
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 8
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2194-6078   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84890081158
Start Page 1
End Page 26
Total Pages 26
Place of Publication Germany
Publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract In July 2010 the Timor-Leste Government promulgated the Law Against Domestic Violence. This is part of a constitutional promise to improve women and child security. Inherent in this development is the shift from traditional dispute resolution system to a state criminal justice system. This shift identifies domestic violence as a public crime and relies on greater participation from the stakeholders of domestic violence, i.e., the police, prosecution, legal services, health care services, social care services and community leaders. This paper examines the legal framework of the new domestic violence law and the impact on the stakeholders in delivering the legal obligation to promote women and child security in Timor-Leste. Inherent in this discussion is the question of whether the new law can reform the traditional justice system, change community behaviour and meet the competing challenges of cultural relativism in each district of Timor-Leste.

Keywords Timor-Leste
Domestic violence
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