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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.138

On the Subjectivation of Women: Safe House System and Its Paradigmatic Implication on Gender Based Violence Judicial Process


  • Mochammad Arief WICAKSONO

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This paper conceptually will discuss the paradigmatic implications of the existence of The Safe House for women victims in the judicial process of gender based violence cases. This article positions The Safe Houses as an integrated system with various other institutions in handling gender based violence cases. We argues that the existence of The Safe House System has an impact on the subjectivation of women victims of gender-based violence judicial process. The subjectivation of women means that the women victims undergo her judicial process without any pressure from any party so that they can voice the truth and the judicial process runs within the corridors of justice. This is important because many women victims experience fear and trauma because there is still pressure from perpretrator, families. The Safe House as an institution and concept takes an important position in discussing this paradigmatic implication because based on field research using in-depth interviews in East Timor, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, The Safe House is an “in betwixt” institution among women victims, perpetrators, families and society. The Safe House is a ""meeting point"" between a complexity of legal system with the complexity of a socio-cultural structure that often positions women victims as objects. This paper will try to focus on how the ""social environment"" contributes to ""fully human beings"" in women victims during undergoing the judicial process for cases that have befallen her.