Pattaya students and social workers learned how better to look out for and eliminate domestic violence against women and children at a city hall seminar.
Deputy Mayor Banlue Kullavanijaya opened the Jan. 17-18 seminar with social development chief Panee Limcharoen.
Wisit Pondok and his team from the Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development spoke to the 100 students and 100 other social workers, women’s advocates and others about the history of domestic violence in Thailand and what can be done to eradicate it.
Battering of wives and children has been a chronic problem in Thailand for generations, but in recent years the abuse has become more severe with some cases ending in mass murder, as has happened twice in Thailand since New Year’s Eve.
Abuse, participants were told, can be physical, mental, verbal, or sexual and, too often, society viewed abuse as a personal matter and refused to get involved.
Lecturers educated those attending on the Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act of 2007 and the Child Protection Act of 2003 so women and youths know their rights and protections.