Theme 4-2 Van Anh Nguyen & Nguyen Thi Thu Loan_Challenges & Barriers Women's Shelters Meet
The 2012 Asian Conference of Women’s Shelters Taipei September 1 – 6 2012 Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescent (CSAGA) Nguyen Van Anh Nguyen Thi Thu Loan
1. Overview on Domestic Violence in Vietnam•According to the Public Security, everyday inVietnam, there are two to three women beaten to deathin domestic violence cases•As in a research conducted by WHO in 2009, up to58% of Vietnamese women had suffered from at leastone form of Domestic Violence in their lifetime•To the research announced by the Vietnam GeneralStatistic Office in 2010, in every three women inVietnam, there was one violated physically or sexuallyby her husband or intimate partner
1. Overview on Domestic Violence in Vietnam•During the last 12 months in 2011, 27% Vietnamesewomen experienced Domestic Violence•In a small research conducted on 200 survivors ofDomestic Violence by CSAGA, 49% of them said theythought of commit suicide when violence happened, ofthose 40% had actually had suicidal actions•Domestic Violence happens to anybody, at all ages,regardless of their education, social status, income,culture and living region.
2. Laws and Policies•Vietnam Law on Domestic Violence Prevention andControl was passed in 2006•Vietnam Law on Gender Equality has come into effectsince 2007•Vietnam signed the CEDAW Convention in 1980, ratifiedthe Convention in 1981 and made it valid since 1982.
3. Domestic Violence Prevention In Vietnam3.1. The Government•Vietnam Government passed the Law on DomesticViolence Prevention and Control, Law on Gender Equality,also National Strategy and National Action Program onDomestic Violence Prevention•Family Department of Ministry of Culture, Sports andTourism is responsible for the implementation of the Lawon Domestic Violence Prevention and Control•Having a list of safe addresses for survivors of domesticviolence
3. Domestic Violence Prevention In Vietnam3.2. NGOs•Establishing self-help clubs for survivors of domesticviolence•Running a shelter, the Peace House, to support survivors ofdomestic violence•Creating a network to support survivors and deal withperpetrators, including police, hospitals, lawyers, socialworkers, Women’s Union, Farmers’ Association, YouthUnion…
3. Domestic Violence Prevention In Vietnam3.2. NGOs•Holding many activities to communicate about this issue:TV and radio programs, exhibitions, publications… Event “Circle Painting – Joining Hands to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls”, November 25 2011
3. Domestic Violence Prevention In Vietnam3.2. NGOs•Giving counseling support and other support to survivors,including legal aid and occupational support CSAGA’s counseling hotline on domestic violence prevention
3. Domestic Violence Prevention In Vietnam3.2. NGOs•Involving Men to Prevention Domestic Violence •Conducting training, workshops to improve men’s awareness on domestic violence. At present, CSAGA target at these groups: Perpetrators of domestic violence, farmers, migrant men, fathers-to-be and teenage boys in high school
3. Domestic Violence Prevention In Vietnam3.2. NGOs•Involving Men to Prevention Domestic Violence •Holding contests in which men show knowledge and skills about domestic violence prevention Contest: I am a Real Men
3. Domestic Violence Prevention In Vietnam4. Strategy•Doing more and more prevention programs because“Prevention is better than cure” •Improving community’s awareness about domestic violence •Improving men’s awareness about domestic violence •Doing policy advocacy at national level