Studying ways to address family violence in PNG

22nd May 2018

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Miranda Forsyth is an Associate Professor at RegNet and also a Fellow at SSGM in the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU. The broad focus of Miranda’s research is investigating the possibilities and challenges of the inter-operation of state and non-state justice and regulatory systems.

At present her focus is on examining these issues in the context of both the protection of traditional knowledge and introduction of western intellectual property regimes, and also the regulation of sorcery and witchcraft related violence in Melanesia. Her research has had a strong focus on Vanuatu to date, but in the last few years she has also researched other countries in the Pacific islands region, particularly PNG, Fiji and Samoa.

Low-income women living in Papua New Guinea (PNG) face many societal and financial hurdles that limit their ability to seek government or societal help in addressing family and sexual violence, according to new research from ANU.

In many cases of family violence, women fear losing family income if the partner is sentenced to jail, according to the study of over 500 participants from Lae in PNG that was conducted through a partnership between ANU and the University of Papua New Guinea. Additionally, women living in Lae’s informal settlements often must pay fees to local leaders or committee members to hear their cases of domestic violence.

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