Crisis may increase domestic violence
The NationThe number of domestic violence cases might start rising because of the flood crisis, says the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation.
"Since people are stressed about the damage caused by the flooding, many will turn to alcohol, which will only increase domestic violence," Jadej Chaowilai, the foundation's director, said yesterday.
He added that 914 people so far had sought counselling on domestic violence via a programme jointly run by his foundation and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.
Jadej said counsellors who worked in evacuation centres and floodravaged areas had discovered that many of the affected people were under stress and often picked quarrels with their family.
To prevent domestic violence, Jadej suggested that relevant authorities set up rehabilitation plans for floodhit people and ensure that every affected person is helped.
"The flood victims should be encouraged to engage in recreational activities with their family members. This will not only relieve stress, but will also improve relationships," he said, adding that monks could help out by holding praying sessions or providing sermons.
Jadej also said that affected people should be taught to become selfreliant. "For example, they could learn to cook and share what they make. They could also learn to manage the space they share as well," he said.
Meanwhile Dr Kiartibhumi Wongrajit, deputy directorgeneral of the Mental Health Department, said flood victims were hurt further by the government's inefficient communication.
"It is necessary that the government provide accurate information," he said. "It should be more sincere in helping people. Then their stress will ease."
However, Kiartibhumi said the number of affected people was far too large for the government to handle on its own. "People need to help one another too," he said.http://www.nationmultimedia.com/
-- The Nation 2011-11-25