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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: HOW TO INFLUENCE THE INEVITABLE
Victims of domestic violence are at greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heightened anxieties, financial strain and the stresses of living in close proximity with family members for extended periods put women and children at greater risk during the lockdown. We can all play a role in tackling this issue by being well informed about the need to support victims and understanding how to do this in practice. Read the full report here.
In this unprecedented situation, coordination and collaboration are essential to maximising the effectiveness of our response. We have created a Data Room for all stakeholders to share and access resources, information and expertise.
This Life will begin to work on a nation-wide service directory to build a full picture of the services available to support survivors in every province. To create the most complete and therefore effective directory, we need to collaborate with all service providers. We have created a survey to collect this information.
REACH OUT. CHECK IN. ACT.
A campaign to challenge increases in domestic violence due to COVID-19 restrictions in Cambodia.
We have developed these three poster images for online distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cambodia is on the brink of declaring a State of Emergency, and we stand ready to help those experiencing domestic violence.
TIME FOR MEN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Did you know that 1 in 3 Cambodian men have admitted to using violence against their partners? 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 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 campaign called “Honourable Warrior”, urging Cambodian men to reject all violence against women and children. Please watch our video above or on our Facebook page and share it with your friends. From November 25 we will be playing an active role in a global campaign, “Orange The World”. 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.