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21 December 2021 | dataset

An Analysis of Judicial Sentencing Practices in SGBV Cases in PICs

This study analysed a random selection of 908 cases from seven Pacific Island countries, including 111 domestic violence cases and 787 sexual assault cases. Each case is analysed to determine whether gender stereotypes, customary reconciliation (e.g. apology, forgiveness) or other contentious factors were considered during sentencing. Contentious factors are those factors which, when used in mitigation by the court, discriminate against the victim on the basis of her gender. This may be through gender stereotyping and rape myths, the consideration of customary practices which may be imbued with gender discrimination (such as forgiveness ceremonies) or other factors which unjustly privilege the interests of the perpetrator over the interests of the victim.

In 75% of cases analysed, contentious factors were raised in court and led to an actual reduction in sentence in 52% of cases. Contentious factors were raised in 90% of DV cases and in 66% of DV cases it led to a reduction in sentence. Comments and language by the judge or magistrate that indicated their views regarding gender stereotypes, rape myths, or customary forms of reconciliation are also captured in the report.

Data and Resource

ICAAD Analysis of Judicial Sentencing Practices3

This report provides evidence of the effect…

Field Value
Publisher Pacific Data Hub
Modified 10 May 2022
Release Date 21 December 2021
Source URL
Identifier 7925ab00-0ec6-434a-a6b5-47b2bca08f4b
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location Array, Array, Array, Array, Array, Array, Array
Relevant Countries Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
License Public
[Open Data]
Author Array