culture and violence

Briefing paper

6 Sep 2019

This issues paper highlights opportunities within existing domestic and family violence law and policy to prevent and respond to individuals impacted by forced marriage. It identifies possibilities for reshaping government and civil society responses to forced marriage.


30 Jul 2019

Violence against children is at endemic levels across Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste. Millions of children experience exceptionally high levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect.


Tatala le Ta’ui a le Atua | Rolling Out the Fine Mat of Scripture Bible Study Series
1 Mar 2019

Tatala le Ta’ui a le Atua presents a series of Bible studies rooted in the importance of being relational in the Samoan culture. It embraces the belief that the self takes its form from maintaining relationships.

Journal article

2 Dec 2018

This research briefng provides information about the context of violence against women (VAW) in Samoa. It explores the social, cultural, and religious systems that serve to sustain the nation’s high rates of VAW, including local governance structures and the gender roles inherent within them. There...


1 Dec 2018

Despite the growing incidence of family violence amongst Cook Islanders in Aotearoa New Zealand, practice interventions to support the safety and healing of Cook Islands victims, perpetrators and their families are promulgated from within western knowledge and theories of family violence. As well, these matters...


Scholarship research report
1 Dec 2018

The overall aim of the Kainga Tu’umalie (Prosperous families) faith-based research project reported here, was to identify how Tongan indigenous cultural – faith approaches can mitigate the rampant effects of violence. This involved identifying and theorising Tongan cultural concepts in relation to Fofola e fala...

Journal article

12 Mar 2018

This article argues that in addition to strategies directly aimed at violence, policies are needed to address key predictors of violence exposure, such as social disparities, financial stress and alcohol use.


20 Nov 2017

This paper explores the essential principles required for the development of an effective violence prevention framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and boys, to reduce and prevent violence against women and children.


21 Jun 2016

Uses Israel's recent wars to identify issues relevant to the Australian Army’s preparation for future conflict.


Israel is in a state of continuous conflict, frequently of the armed variety, and not uncommonly achieving levels of violence that qualify as war. Significant...


15 May 2014

The Working Together to Improve Gender Equality in the Pacific video series looks at the current state of equality across the region. Interviews collected from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu capture the voices of Pacific women and men to highlight the many issues...


16 Jul 2010

The current generation of young people is not a homogenous group, despite sharing the Gen Y ‘tag’. Young people aged 12-24 years are socially and culturally diverse, and make up approximately one fifth of Australia’s population. Individually, each has his or her own hopes, dreams...


23 Nov 2006

The presentation by Veena Poonacha, Professor and Director, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India, begins by describing the Self Help Groups (SHGs) movement and will subsequently narrate the struggles of the women in a tribal community in the heart of the...



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