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Quarterly Bulletin

Partner Highlight: Victim Support Services in Timor-Leste

April 3, 2009 — dili-refugees-5In Timor-Leste, domestic and sexual violence is severe and pervasive, accounting for more than 50 percent of all incidents reported to the police. Despite this, women and children – especially those living in rural areas – have few places to access the services they need to reclaim their lives. The Asia Foundation has worked with Victim Support Services (VSS) since 2006 to assist women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to secure prosecutions against their assailants. VSS also provides victim care referrals for counseling and conducts campaigns to change the attitudes that lead to violence against women. In collaboration with the Foundation’s legal aid partners, VSS now operates nationwide through both district-based lawyers and mobile services. Without the extensive services VSS provides, hundreds of women and children would have few opportunities to pursue legal recourse.

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