The Community Conversations Project: Baseline Survey Report
According to the human rights group ADHOC, domestic violence is a serious social problem in Cambodia and is, in many ways, becoming worse. The impact of domestic violence is significant. Violence through physical, emotional or psychological, economic and sexual abuse/assault is not only a violation of the rights of the victims but also affects the family and/or loved ones, the community and society as a whole. In Cambodia, as in most countries, women are the primary victims of domestic violence, primarily through physical and verbal abuse.
At the request of UNDP-Cambodia, InterMedia and Green Goal, Ltd., conducted a baseline survey in April 2008 with a total of 304 adult (18+) respondents, of which 220 were randomly selected villagers and 84 were village and commune chiefs in the target area. The target area includes 29 communes (55 villages)—six target communes in Kompong Speu province, 11 target communes in Kompong Chhang province and 12 target communes in Siem Reap province. Because they play a critical role in the lives of villagers in Cambodia, all village and commune chiefs in the target area were included in this survey.