December 19, 2010
Strey Khmer recently traveled to Battambang province, Ksach Poy village, to screen the Domestic Violence documentary- Deum Krasang to a small group of local villagers. We also distributed information on hotlines, emergency contacts and resources available to people when faced with domestic violence. We opened the floor for discussion and had many responses to our questions.
We asked questions like, “Is domestic violence illegal?”, “What do you do when faced with this situation?”, and “What are the many ways you can be a victim of domestic violence?” We also asked how the issue could be solved. Many attendees explained that alcohol was the main reason for violence in their home, but not the only one. They were surprised to hear that if convicted, a person could face many years in prison for abusing another person. Sadly, most felt that it was their own problem to deal with alone, and that they wouldn’t want to annoy a village chief with their own family problems. Not realizing they have rights, they remain silent.
They still have many questions. Our visit was brief, but we are planning on extending our safehouse program currently in Kampong Cham province to Battambang province. At the moment, we are researching areas where a safehouse could be most effective. In addition, we are hoping to build a forum house where we can continue to screen documentary films and provide question and answer sessions. In time, our radio program- Women’s Voices, Women’s Choices will also take place in Battambang.