The Office of Women's Affairs and Family Development, in collaboration with the Institute of Research and Counseling, Thammasart University, is currently developing a mandatory training programme specifically for officers, including police officers and prosecutors, who are to be engaged in the enforcement of the Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence Act, B.E. 2550 (2007). The training programmes are expected to be available by the end of February 2009, with details on how to treat women and the girl child who are victims of violence to be included. The frequency of the training is yet to be decided.
In addition, the Royal Thai Police has initiated various programs for its officials to develop proper attitudes towards gender sensitivity. Such programmes include field training for police cadets with non-governmental organizations to gain better understanding of violence against women on the ground; the sending of police officials to conduct investigations of violence against women cases at the hospital instead of waiting for the victim to report the case at the police station; and the setting up of investigation rooms in hospitals nation-wide.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Thailand to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2009