“It still goes round and round in my head,” says Sao*, 37, thinking back to the 16 years of escalating alcohol-fuelled violence she endured at the hands of her husband, eventually ending in an attempted murder by knife. “It started 5 days after we had our first baby.”
With just ten days to go until the end of the tax year, we are asking Australians to consider donating to our award-winning This Life Without Violence program – our top priority for 2019. All donations will of course get a receipt for tax deduction purposes, and most importantly can help more women like Sao.
1 in 5 women in Cambodia and almost 50% of children are victims of violence in their homes, but less than 24% ever seek help. Many don’t because they consider the violence normal and less than 8% understand the law to protect them and their children.
Your money goes further in Cambodia than it can in most countries in the world and – in the hands of an international award-winning, highly respected NGO with low overhead costs like This Life Cambodia – will have a more powerful long term impact on people’s lives. In the last six months alone we have
This is what your investment in our work would mean:
Just $10 pays for one of our team to travel to a remote village to provide direct support to a family suffering from domestic violence.
$20 will train two village elders in how to identify and intervene in cases of domestic violence, helping hundreds of families at risk.
$50 can train two police officers in the domestic violence law and how to prevent violence, helping thousands of women and children now and in the future.
$100 will provide a support package to a family in crisis, such as one who have lost their principal earner.
$500 will pay for an expert, trained social worker for one month, able to provide essential support to dozens of families experiencing domestic violence.
After many failed attempts to get her village elders and police to stop her husband’s violence, Sao did eventually get support, break free and secure a divorce. She still suffers from mental health problems as a result of years of trauma, but is glad that she sought help, and so grateful that programs like This Life Without Violence are raising awareness of this problem that she is now an active participant, sharing her own experiences and knowledge of the law with people in her community. Sao says to other women who might be experiencing similar pain: “do not be hopeless, we can still live, even if we do it without a husband.’’
Help us to help women like Sao, and thousands of women and children just like her. We promise to spend every cent donated wisely to create stronger, safer Cambodian communities.
* Sao’s name has been changed to protect her identity