Rural Safe House

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    Mu Sochua and women of the Kompong Cham Province in solidarity against domestic abuse.

  • Kompong Cham Province

    Kompong Cham Province

    Mu Sochua with a grandmother who is the guardian of her grandchildren. The children were abandoned by their parents who sought employment in the city. This is a common trend.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    A woman's foot with a knife wound inflicted by her husband.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    A rural Safe House offers a modest room with a bed for women and children seeking refuge from domestic abuse.

  • Victim of Domestic Abuse

    Victim of Domestic Abuse

    Lerng Sokhean, age 35, seeks refuge in a Safe House. Her husband repeatedly slammed her into a doorframe.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    Two women seek refuge from domestic abuse the same day a rural Safe House opens.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    Mu Sochua asks a young girl to tell what domestic abuse is at a Safe House opening. The girl replied, 'it's when my Uncle hits my Aunt.'

  • Safe House Rally

    Safe House Rally

    The t-shirt illustration for the Safe House Opening states that abuse is not acceptable. A visual depection is used because there is a high illiteracy rate. It shows a man threatening a woman and child with an axe.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    In Kompong Province, employment opportunities are few. Alchol consumption is rampant during idle time and is a primary component leading to domestic abuse.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    Women at a rural Safe House opening cheer as they hear of the services that will be provided against domestic abuse.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    A woman at an opening of a Safe House to protect women and children against domestic violence.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    Each Safe House community leader receives a first aid kit, a cell phone, and a bicycle as tools for the leadership role against domestic abuse.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    Children listen with their mothers about domestic rights.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    A community Safe House is recongizable by the protective fence surrounding its grounds.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    Parliament member Mu Sochua cuts the ribbon signifying a Safe House opening.

  • Rural Safe House Opening

    Rural Safe House Opening

    A Safe House opens as a have against domestic abuse. The addition built on to the community leader's house is open to women and children in need of shelter.

  • Rural Safe House Rally

    Rural Safe House Rally

    Women march in support of the first Safe House opening as refuge against domestic violence.

  • Safe House Rally

    Safe House Rally

    Parliament member Mu Sochua marches with women in the Kompong Cham province in support of a Safe House opening to protect women and children from domestic violence.

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