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Approaches to Domestic Violence Against Women in Timor-Leste : A Review and Critique

  title={Approaches to Domestic Violence Against Women in Timor-Leste : A Review and Critique},
  author={Annika Kovar},
Informal justice systems1 play a central role in the lives of many citizens of contemporary Timor-Leste (unicef, 2009; Marriott, 2008; Niner, 2007). Resolving disputes swiftly and with a concern for establishing harmony in the material as well as spiritual world, community leaders and elders rather than police are thought to be responsible for maintaining law and order. The literature suggests that this is true also for the way most Timorese deal with domestic violence, a highly prevalent… 
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