Since 2005, Banteay Srei has been implementing the Safe House project in Battambang province for violence against women (VAW) survivors, particularly those who are in the process of legal redress.
The Safe House serves as a drop-in and transit centre for abused women and girls, offering accommodation and food, transportation, referrals for medical, legal and psycho-social services, orientation on basic rights, basic health education, assistance in filing legal complaints and referrals to appropriate organisations for long-term rehabilitation and reintegration.
The objectives of the safe house are to:
- Provide a safe and supportive environment and shelter to women and girls who are survivors of violence;
- Strengthen women’s awareness of the law, particularly the domestic violence law, and their rights, and provide financial and legal support to women who wish to seek redress through the justice system;
- Collaborate with NGOs and other relevant agencies to maximise services and assistance available to survivors of violence.
The Safe House works in collaboration with the Provincial Department for Women’s Affairs (PDWA), legal and other NGOs, local authorities, and long-term rehabilitation and reintegration shelters in the province. The long-term aim of the Safe House is that it is locally managed and run by the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs. Between July 2011 and June 2012, the centre supported 60 rape survivors, (including 51 girls under the age of 18) and 24 women survivors of domestic violence.