Briefing paper

Women’s economic empowerment and escaping violent relationships

Family violence Women's rights Income Papua New Guinea

Drawing on research in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) highlands as part of the Do No Harm (DNH) project, this In Brief examines some of the challenges women face in escaping violent relationships. One assumption often made is that increasing women’s access to economic resources, such as through microcredit, income generation or wage labour, enables women to end their dependency on their spouses and so to leave violent relationships, if they so choose. However, escaping such relationships is not often so straightforward but is subject to constraints which makes this choice virtually impossible for many women.

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