A Study of the Effectiveness of the legal system in dealing with child abuse cases- The family Perspective.
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The thesis examines the effectiveness of the legal system in processing cases of child sexual abuse in Zambia. The study legal and extra-legal factors that influence families’ decisions on which mode of justice to use between formal justice system and traditional/informal justice system and conflict solutions in court. The study examines the topic from the perspective of the families of the victims i.e. I analyze their views of justice, their judgement of their alternatives in the court system and their role in the litigation. The study of child sexual abuse is made from the standpoint of middle range theories to explain factors that influence decisions when choosing which mode of justice to use. Procedural justice theory is also used to explain how the families view the justice system.. Middle range theories and procedural justice theory are used to analyze in-depth interviews with 8 families of children who have been victims of child sexual abuse and the written records that are available about their case.
Master i International Social Welfare and Health Policy