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Responding to domestic and family violence in resource-constrained contexts: a case study on rural policing innovations in Melanesia

Watson, Danielle Verlene Christal, Amin, Sara N. and Robinson, Amanda L. ORCID: 2024. Responding to domestic and family violence in resource-constrained contexts: a case study on rural policing innovations in Melanesia. Policing: An International Journal 10.1108/PIJPSM-11-2023-0154

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Purpose – Discussions about progressive gender reform across Melanesia highlight the need for more genderinclusive policies and improved conditions forwomen and girls throughout all sectors.However, formany of these countries, attempts to address the problems aremarred by insufficient resources and lowprioritization of the issue and traditional, cultural and religious perspectives about gender and gendered roles. This article discusses how police responses are coordinated to address domestic and family violence (DFV) and provides a critical reflection on both internal responses and the complexities of multi-partner operations beyond urban spaces. Design/methodology/approach – This article draws on the findings from a stakeholder engagement focus group with 20 participants from four Melanesian countries – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – to provide insight into policing innovations in rural contexts. Findings – There is a need for improved multisector partnerships, increased police presence and greater reliance on indigenous strategies to improve responses to DFV in resource-constrained contexts. Originality/value – The article provides insight into an under-researched area and makes recommendations for improving responses to DFV in rural areas in small-island developing states. Keywords Rural policing, Multi-partner operations, Domestic and family violence Paper type Research paper

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI)
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1363-951X
Funders: The project was funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grant Scheme.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 April 2024
Date of Acceptance: 9 February 2024
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 10:55

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