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Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of Victims of Domestic Violence through Legal Organizations in the City of Buenos Aires A Qualitative Empirical Legal Study

By: Julieta Marotta

Members of society approach the judicial system when facing problems. Connections between the judicial system and the members of society should flow smoothly under ideal conditions, yet that is not always the case. This lack of flow generates unequal access to the courts and to the use of rights, especially for vulnerable groups. Reforms are currently being implemented in a number of jurisdictions to support the efforts of vulnerable groups to access the judicial system; for example, by means of adopting tailor-made laws and establishing organizations that implement initiatives to specifically attend to the needs of those groups.
This study focuses on understanding how access to justice legally empowers women victims of domestic violence. Legal provisions, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, represent the rules analyzed in this study; while the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the City represents the Legal Organization subject to analysis. Moreover, women victims of domestic violence represent the vulnerable group. The perceptions and behaviors of women victims of domestic violence who access the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the City with criminal complaints on threats, harassment, or breach of family assistance duties in the context of domestic violence are subject to analysis in this study. The study develops a legal empowerment framework and the analysis uses a qualitative research design that relies on a variety of sources (e.g. legal provisions, observations, interviews).
This resource is a doctoral dissertation presented at the University of Maastricht.

Notable Replies

  1. My congratulations Julieta Marotta, this is the first time i see a doctorate on legal empowerment and we need this kind of work. I’m going soon to end my doctorate too.

  2. Thanks! I look forward to reading your work.

  3. This is really interesting in St. Lucia we have done a lot of work to strengthen the capacity of social services employees and we are still having a few issues and just submitted a grant application for funding to provide legal literacy to inner city and rural women on specific topics such as family, adoption, relationships, inheritance, etc.

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