Family Justice


Can you create a platform that creates and maintains a peaceful relationship between parents and/or relatives in child custody?

Do you have a tool that can protect minors and women from domestic violence or child marriage?

Can you create an easy and accessible procedure for registering births, marriages, divorce and/or deaths?

The 2018 HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge is looking for new approaches to family issues. The aim is not to uproot existing systems, but to complement and strengthen the existing systems to efficiently provide for the needs of families.

Through our Justice Needs and Satisfaction (JNS) reports, we have discovered that most people experience family justice problems in:

  • Marriage and separation: for instance, Ukraine has a divorce rate of 42%. Procedures are outdated, cumbersome and complicated, and they are stressful on both the separating parties and the children. They also place the parties in a competitive setting instead of focusing on enhancing collaboration, which is what is needed.
  • Birth and adoption, death and inheritance: globally, about two-thirds of the total amount of annual deaths go unregistered, and so do almost half of the world’s newborn children. This may be due to corruption, to ineffective and inaccessible procedures, and to a lack of information about the applicable procedures.
  • Child rights and their protection: child labor affects roughly 168 million children worldwide, with more than half of them being in hazardous work. Violence against children often goes unnoticed and unreported, due to fear of retaliation from the abuser.
  • Domestic violence: global estimates indicate that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. These incidents often go unreported due to fear of retaliation from the offender.

Especially in developing regions, families have little to no access to justice in solving some of these issues. Justice innovations can empower and strengthen both individuals and units within a family that struggle with these needs.


How can these issues be solved? Check out these startups in our portfolio for inspiration:

  • Lady Liberty SA – a mobile legal office travelling to marginalised communities and giving women legal advice and help in the area of family law.
  • MoLLy – aims to eradticate children’s rights violations through education.
  • Wemora – an online service providing legal help in all areas of family law.


Want to know more? Check out our JNS reports for more country-specific information. In addition, check out the links below to get a general understanding of family justice needs: