Our team says NO to violence!
Thank you for supporting WRC and investing in our previous campaign to end violence against women in Cambodia!
Over the last few years, we have run a similar campaigns as the one you supported for December 2019. Each year we positively chip away at gender equality, women’s rights, and most importantly the concept that violence is never ok. Usually, we host workshops, talks, marches, yoga and meditation and solidarity events. At this stage we are uncertain what we will be able to do face to face for our 2020 campaign. However, what we are certain of is our continued commitment to support women and eradicate violence.
Since the COVID19 global pandemic began we have seen a 300% rise in domestic violence. This sad and shocking statistic has been attributed to a combination of: general stress due to the pandemic; people being cooped up at home in lockdown; having full time caring responsibilities for children (as schools remain closed); unemployment and debt; and (for some) substance abuse that goes hand in had with this level of pressure.
In order to combat this, we have provided one on one counselling (via phone) to 30 new clients, followed upon 15 cases and provided ongoing support for 7 cases over the last month alone. That’s around the number of clients we see in 6 months in just 4 weeks! We have been spending time in villages (where safe and following government guidelines) to assess and work with families, train our community ambassadors on how to support people more deeply, providing workshops online and emergency supplies to take the pressure off.
We will continue to support families who are experiencing domestic violence by reaching out to both the victims to help keep them safe, leave the situation if needed, and to the perpetrators where possible to help them control their frustrations and find other ways to communicate.
Thank you for supporting the work we do to eradicate violence!
Gemma and the WRC team