The Economic Dimensions of Domestic Violence in Timor-Leste

Working in sites across Baucau, Cova Lima and Dili, this project--funded by the Asia Foundation through its Nabilan Program--sought to disentangle the economic elements linked to domestic violence, and analyse the nuanced economic situations of women who experience violent abuse in Timor-Leste. This included the identification of the socio-economic factors that impact the choices women make about staying in or leaving violent relationships, an examination of the married economy in Timor-Leste, and in turn the impact of marriage practices as well as separation. The research clearly identified that the economic dimensions of domestic violence do not sit in isolation of other societal pressures, obligations, and pathways. Thus while this research focused on different aspects of the intersection between economy and violence, it continuously drew together broader factors to help to understand women’s decision-making. RMIT University's Timor-Leste Research Program provided input into this project, implemented by the Hametin Group, with a particular focus on the research design, methods and analysis. 

See the project report titled Beyond Fragility and Equity: Women's Experiences of the Economic Dimensions of Domestic Violence and further information on the Nabilan Program.