This Life Without Violence

This Life Without Violence team started the program by consulting with communities.  We listened to and learned about their  concerns and challenges with domestic violence.  This helps us to understand how we can best support community members in addressing this endemic social issue. Keo Narath,  Program Coordinator

About the Program

The goal of This Life Without Violence is to reduce the incidence of violence against women and children in Cambodia and its destructive impact on women, girls, children, families and communities. Despite efforts by the Cambodian government and civil society the incidence of  violence against women and children remains a pressing social issue. Social and cultural norms maintaining gender inequality, and the lack of implementation and enforcement of laws to protect women and children are some of the challenges.

What we do

International approaches to ending violence against women highlight the need for actions that are tailored to individual community contexts and so This Life Without Violence undertakes to:

The program had its roots in research we conducted in 2014: Community Views on Violence Against Women in Chi Kraeng Commune . Both social and economic factors, like drug & alcohol misuse, gambling and poverty together with gender inequality and gender norms, were viewed as the primary risk factors contributing to domestic violence. Following on from the research we piloted “Community Responses to Violence Against Women and Children”, in 2016.

  • 20% of women report experiencing domestic violence in Cambodia
  • 33% of ever  partnered men in Cambodia have perpetrated physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence against women
  • 50% of Cambodia’s children experience at least one form of violence before the age of 18

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