Psychology First Aid and Distance Support Training for Judicial Police Officers

Psychology First Aid and Distance Support Training for Judicial Police Officers

Under the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, which seeks to improve the sustainability, quality, and inclusiveness of services for persons with disabilities and women affected by gender-based violence (GBV), the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) organised a capacity development workshop for young Judicial Police Officers to more effectively address the needs of GBV survivors.

During the Psychology First Aid and Distance-Support Training, Ms. Teu Raksmey, Deputy Director of the Legal Department at MoWA, shared, “Being a service provider, the training was very important for me, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Raksmey stated, “It has helped me understand how to better address the concerns of GBV survivors, specifically in times of the COVID-19 pandemic when access to these services is a major challenge and other means are being explored to ensure the accessibility of services.”

She added, “I not only learned how to provide support services to survivors of GBV when they face psychological crises, but also how to take care of myself while on duty.”

Her Excellency, Nhean Sochetra, General Director of the Social Development Department at MoWA, equally emphasized the importance of this training for MoWA legal officers as it provides additional knowledge to strengthen their capacity. She further thanked the ACCESS Program for supporting this training.

The trainer, Ros Saray Andet, from The Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Cambodia, expressed that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was an important time to support psychology first aid to GBV survivors and service providers. He stated that the service providers were on the front line to support people in the community and to assist them when they required additional services.

He continued, “It is important to be healthy, both​ physically and mentally.”