Final Evaluation: Enhancing Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls in Cambodia
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Grantee: World Hope International
Grant period: January 2016 – December 2018
Grant amount: $400,718
Summary: World Hope International initiated “Enhancing Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls in Cambodia” to address the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV). It aimed to improve service delivery to survivors of violence to aid their recovery, and increase coordination between service-providing agencies. The initiative focused on change at the individual, community and national levels. It developed and facilitated a series of modular training for government and community service providers. It also organized outreach events and offered individual mentoring and coaching of social service workers.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- The project provided GBV services – including group therapy, counselling and information on legal aid – to 412 female survivors.
- Before the project, 12 per cent of women surveyed understood the negative emotional impact of violence against women; this rose to 90 per cent after the project.
- The project taught service providers to put the needs of survivors first and work with them to find solutions.
- Many female survivors receiving services from government providers said that as a result of the project, they no longer blamed themselves for the violence, had increased confidence, and had clear information on their rights, services and options when faced with violence.