Domestic violence against Cambodian women declines

22:06, June 29, 2010      

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Cambodian government announced Tuesday that domestic violence, especially against women in the country was significantly declined from a year earlier.

In a new result which was surveyed by Cambodian government through Ministry of Women's Affairs in cooperation with international organizations including the German GTZ, showed that domestic violence, especially against women declined from 64 percent in 2005 to 53 percent in 2009.

The survey was conducted on behaviors toward violence among spouses and towards other families'members.

As many as 3,040 people at their ages of 15 and above, and were living in 13 out of 24 provinces and cities across the nation were interviewed in the survey.

Among the questions, included the insult, curse, rape, physical assault as well as acid attack and shooting.

The answers showed that the misconducts with such behavior declined to 53 percent in 2009 compared to 64 percent in 2005, according to the result of the survey.

The result also showed that majority of Cambodians is aware of the new law on prevention of domestic violence, and more than 80 percent of women and 91 percent of men said domestic violence in all serious forms shall be avoided. Domestic violence against women remains a major issue in Cambodia.

Many women have been subjected to sexual and physical violence often committed by their husbands.

Fear of retaliation and financial costs of bringing a case to court, or even in obtaining a medical certificate from a doctor to prove the abuse, also discourage many Cambodian women from speaking out.



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