Our protection program provides drop-in crisis center facilities and emergency medical care, followed by provision of accommodation in a safe shelter. We then provide legal advice and representation and assist individuals to prepare for a new future with vocational training and small business skills. The objective of protection program is to protect survivors by facilitating access to legal services and facilitating physical and psychological healing leading to economic and social reintegration.
The first point of contact for women seeking help from Cambodia Women's Crisis Center (CWCC) is the staff of the Monitoring Project. Their particular and very important role is to document and investigate acts of violence committed against women and children, particularly in cases of rape, domestic violence, or trafficking. The objective of the Monitoring Project is to provide appropriate intervention, monitoring and direct services to victims of gender based abuse including domestic violence, rape and trafficking. CWCC enjoys success in its work due to our close cooperation with authorities and other NGOs, which has resulted in effective working relationships and a reputation for excellence and trustworthiness.
The Legal project is a vital aspect of CWCC’s response to Violence against Women in it attempts to set deterrence for perpetrators and empower women to remove themselves from current abusive or exploitative situation. The Legal program is the second in the five Protection Project. The Legal project provides legal advice and support for clients as they seek to resolve their case, in this way participating in holding perpetrators accountable for their violent and criminal actions. The Legal project is vital for clients, the vast majority of whom are too poor to secure legal representation. The objective of the Legal Project is to provide legal advice and representation for clients in civil and criminal cases. The Legal Project assists clients who have chosen to file charges in court by gathering evidence and providing legal counsel. During the trial, CWCC lawyers represent the clients and ensure that the verdict is enforced. In keeping with CWCC’s policy of non-discrimination, these services are not limited to Cambodians, and include victims of other nationalities. In addition to providing details about the project, for each project it would be great to include a short quote, or one page case study, with related images of a community, or individual who has benefited from an aspect of this project.
The third of the Protection project, the Safe Shelter Project, was set up to accommodate women and children escaping violence. The objective of the safe Shelter Project that women and children survivors of violence against women have access to immediate protective services, such as the drop-in crisis center, emergency medical care, basic counseling and relevant information. Still in Cambodia there are few facilities to assist women escaping violence. The Safe Shelter Project in this reporting period provided direct services such as health care, food and clothing and counseling to assist clients in rebuilding their lives. Clients and their children have the opportunity to attend literacy and life skills classes, children of clients attend the child care center at the shelter or public schools. Further, vocational skills training courses are available to help advance the economic security of at risk girls so that they will not easily fall prey to the false promises of traffickers. The Shelter in Phnom Penh can effectively and efficiently accommodate 40 to 55 persons, while the shelter in Banteay Meanchey is larger and can accommodate between 70 and 100 clients. The shelter in Siem Reap has the capacity for 50 – 60 clients.
Literacy & Vocational Skills Training
The Literacy, Vocational Skills Training and Employment Project provides the opportunity for gaining vocational skills, literacy skills, life skills and job placement to women and girls who are survivors of, or are highly vulnerable to, gender based violence. The Objective of the Literacy, Vocational Skills Training and Employment Project is to provide vocational skills training, complemented by life skills and small business management skills in preparation for successful reintegration Equipping women and girls with practical skills that can be used to generate income in constructive ways reduces the need for potentially unsafe migration. Training in ‘life skills’ enables girls to more confidently and constructively negotiate relationships. Literacy skills facilitate life-long access to vital information and learning opportunities, while small business skills training brings the confidence needed for small business operation.
Reintegration & Repatriation
The Reintegration and Repatriation Project aims to assist women and children to return to their home, community and workplace. The objective of the Reintegration and Repatriation Project is to provide safe and secure reintegration that will encourage the self-reliance and general well-being of the survivors Staff also assist women and children who have been trafficked to other countries be repatriated to Cambodia; an important support given the increasing demands for assisted repatriation. Recognizing that many of the clients return to very poor conditions, staff assist women to set up their own business or to find jobs using the skills gained whilst at the shelter. The Reintegration and Repatriation Project works closely with the Department of Social Affairs which agrees to monitor and continue assisting women and children who are reintegrated back into their communities. The reintegration process begins as soon as the clients are ready, and they are referred to the Reintegration Project from the Monitoring or Safe Shelter Project. Where complete confidentiality is not necessary, project staff call community meetings to sensitize villagers on laws relevant to sex-trafficking, domestic violence and rape issues. Security is a very important consideration for our clients in the reintegration process. Staff visit the clients at home, at their place of work or business and spend time talking to them, encouraging them, and helping them to solve any problems. Reintegration continues to be a challenge, and given that poverty is a key feature of the lives of women who suffer violence, finding ways to help our clients out of poverty after leaving CWCC’s project is a priority for us. As well as helping clients to find work, or establish themselves in business, CWCC provides money to clients for rent and food for the first month after they have left the Safe Shelter Project. It is the Reintegration Project staff who decides when the client has been successfully and safely reintegrated, and their case is then closed. In addition CWCC also provides grant support to clients to operate small business base on the skill they learned from the shelter.