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On 9 December 2021, the Australian National University and the Pacific Community (SPC) are hosting an online symposium on family protection orders in the Pacific region from 9am-5pm Canberra time. The event schedule is available here and webinar registrations are available via Zoom here.
Thirteen countries across the Pacific region now have legislation in place that allows for family protection orders (or other similar orders) to be issued to protect survivors of domestic violence. Some countries have had the legislation in place for over a decade and for others it is very new.
Following a major study carried out on the efficacy of family protection orders in Papua New Guinea, the purpose of the symposium is to share knowledge and experiences from across the region.
The event will include speakers representing more than ten Pacific Island countries, and from a range of sectors including justice professionals and practitioners, policymakers, civil society and academics.
Speakers will discuss how well family protection orders are working, what the challenges are and priorities for future action.
The symposium will be recorded and available to view online following the event.
This event is co-convened by the ANU and SPC, and is supported the Toksave Pacific Gender Resource.