Through developing and disseminating best practice guidelines for supporting victims and their families, doing case-by-case advocacy and building strategic partnerships with other organizations, the Court Support Program focuses on providing high-quality and timely legal and social support for victims of sexual abuse, thus enabling them to pursue justice without further trauma. The program’s activities include crisis intervention, provision of emotional support, legal advice and representation for victims and their families along with advocacy at all levels to establish child-friendly procedures during the entire judicial process.
APLE Cambodia's Court Support program team also develops and disseminates best-practice guidelines for supporting victims and their families and liaises with the Department of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation and other relevant NGOs providing childcare, to coordinate actions and improve the services for the best interests of the children affected by CSAE.
NGO partners that either refer to, or receive referrals from, the Court Support program are Hagar International (Phnom Penh, Battambang), Friends International (Phnom Penh), Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (Phnom Penh), M’lop Tapang (Sihanoukville), First Step Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap), Hope for Justice (Phnom Penh), Bantey Srei (Battambang), Komar Rireay (Battambang), Angkor Hospital for Children (Siem Reap), Destiny Rescue of Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap), Mith Samlanh (Phnom Penh), Cambodia Women’s Crisis Center (Phnom Penh), and Krousar Thmey (Phnom Penh) among others.
"In 2015 211 clients received legal support and 406 clients received social support from APLE"