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:
- Mobilise communities to address the risk factors and impact of domestic violence on families and communities;
- Support local authorities (Commune Council, Village Chiefs, Police, etc.) in understanding their roles and responsibilities in domestic violence prevention and response (including conflict resolution and mediation);
- Strengthen the coordination and provision of community responses to increase access to justice and psychosocial support for victims/survivors of VAW&C;
- Enable the development of local group support groups for families impacted by domestic violence.
- Provide training for lower secondary school students on understanding and building healthy relationships and responding to violence in order to break the inter-generational cycle of violence affecting families in Cambodia.
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