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Domestic Violence Against Women in Cambodia

Domestic Violence Against Women in Cambodia

Colloquium with Sothy Eng, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, California Center for Population Research, UCLA

Thursday, February 25, 2010
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Cambodia is a male dominated society in which attitudes supporting patriarchal gender roles are strong. A national survey showed that half of the adult Cambodians surveyed agreed on the following statements: “The important decisions in the family should be made by the men of the family,” “It is better to educate a son than a daughter,” and “A married woman should not be allowed to work outside the home even if she wants to.” Thus, men are expected to be controlling in their relationships and women themselves may endorse dominant roles for males. If culture supports patriarchal control and sanctions violence when there are perceived transgressions, then domestic violence receives justification and greater likelihood of enactment.

The present study sought to examine the effects of husband’s control and frequency of spousal discussion on domestic violence against Cambodian married women, using the 2005 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey data. The role of gender issues in husband’s control and frequency of spousal discussion are discussed with respect to violence in the lives of Cambodian women.

Dr. Sothy Eng, a Cambodian national, is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Center for Population Research, UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in 2009. His research interests focus on roles of culture, historical context and family and how they influence behavior, attitudes and achievement. His dissertation is entitled: "Social capital and school adjustment among children in Cambodia: A close look at parental attitudes and beliefs." Previously he had received an MA degree from the same department in 2005, writing a thesis entitled: "Academic achievement among high school students in Cambodia: Does maternal trauma matter?" He received his BA in Psychology from Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2002. Besides his academic interests, Dr. Eng is also an amateur photographer. His photo essay won 1st place at the 89th Annual Southwestern Social Science Association Conference in its Visual Sociology Photo Essay Competition in 2009. He serves as the official photographer for National Council on Family Relations during its annual conference in addition to his professional activities at the conference.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies