Preventing Violence against Women through Storytelling

According to the 2014 National Survey on Violence against Women, more than 30% of ever-partnered women in the Lao PDR have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence by a male partner in their lifetime. During the COVID-19 lockdowns last year, the LWU Counselling and Protection Centre reported a three to five-fold increase in the number of calls they received to their hotlines requesting support and assistance. The storytelling method is an indirect way of extracting people’s perceptions on issues. By asking people to share their imagined stories rather than their lived experiences, a safe space could be created to gain insight into their perceptions and actual experiences. 

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