Did you know that at least 1 in 5 women face domestic violence in Cambodia? What’s more, at least 50% of children experience violence from adults in their homes or community, causing great harm to the future of Cambodia. The 2005 law (you can read it here) protects women and children, but only 8% of Cambodians understand that this law gives women and children the right to a life free of violence, including physical, emotional and sexual violence.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
At This Life Cambodia we believe this needless violence has to stop, and that it is up to all of us to create change. Most importantly, violent men need to change their behavior and understand it is a crime. But everyone in Cambodian communities can support women and children, by learning more about the reality of domestic abuse, making themselves familiar with the law, and learning to talk about and confront this taboo subject. Please learn the law here. We have included an audio version so that people who cannot read can listen.
If you are experiencing violence yourself or know someone who is, there are places you can go for help:
- Village chief
- Commune council
- Police station
You know your situation best, so choose the option which makes you feel safest. There are also some organizations in Cambodia who may be able to help you here. If you are reading this on a phone, please click on our virtual helmet and take a screenshot and save it. That means if you ever experience violence in the future, or learn of anyone else who is, you can quickly see the rights you have and the places you can seek help.
THE WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN
We have created a video which we will be promoting to raise awareness of domestic violence. Please watch it and share it with your friends. From November 25 we will be playing an active role in a global campaign themed #HearMeNow. 30% of Cambodian women who face domestic violence say they don’t seek help because of embarrassment. We can all help, by being alert to signs that someone we know is facing violence, and by making it clear we want to listen. If we recognize domestic violence for the problem it is, begin to talk about it, learn and improve the law, and pledge support to all women and children facing violence, we can begin to #ENDVIOLENCETOGETHER.