National Survey on Women's Health and Life Experiences in Cambodia
World Health Organisation and UN Women
Women are subjected to many forms of physical, psychological, sexual and economic violence, cutting across all divisions of income, culture and class. Cambodian Government leaders recognised that Violence Against Women (VAW) was a critical issue requiring quality data on the prevalence, health and other consequences of different forms of VAW.
Previous research on VAW had been conducted but was largely focused on limited types of violence (namely intimate partner violence) and had generated information mainly on the knowledge of, and attitudes towards, violence. Consequently, Cambodia opted to carry out a national prevalence study using the World Health Organisation multi-country study methodology.
The study aimed to estimate the prevalence and frequency of different forms of VAW; determine the health and other outcomes of intimate partner violence; identify factors associated with women’s risk of intimate partner violence; document the strategies and services that women use to cope with violence; and increase national capacity and collaboration among researchers and women’s organisations working on domestic violence.
Photos by Chris Palethorpe