Understanding violence against women and children in Timor-Leste: findings from the Nabilan baseline study - main report

Family violence Violence against women Child abuse Child sexual abuse Timor-Leste

This research contributes ground-breaking knowledge on violence against women in Timor-Leste, and directly addresses the gap in reliable, representative quantitative data on women’s experiences and men’s perpetration of violence.

The significant work that national civil society organizations, key government stakeholders, academics, international non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies have conducted in Timor-Leste illustrates that women in this country routinely suffer multiple dimensions of violence.

The Nabilan Health and Life Experiences Baseline Study adds new insights into this issue and into the immense implications of violence on women’s health and wellbeing, as well as that of their children, their families and their communities. This research also reveals, for the first time, information on men’s use of violence against women – information which is crucial for programs working with men and boys to prevent violence. In addition, through an analysis of statistically significant risk and protective factors for violence against women, the Study provides tangible and evidence-based recommendations for the approaches that will be most effective in preventing violence against women in Timor-Leste. One such risk factor that must urgently be addressed, for example, is child abuse – the rates of which, as this research shows, are extremely high.

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