Source: (2014) Columbia Human Rights Review. 46(1):85-157.

Section I begins with a descriptive account of American domestic violence policy and the global domestic violence movement that is patterned on it. Section II describes the formal (legal) and informal (restorative) response to domestic violence in Cambodia. Section III sets out two critiques of the American system: an antiessentialist critique and a critique of criminalization. Section IV applies those critiques to the Cambodian domestic violence law. Finally, Section V of this article suggests that lessons from Cambodia have broader implications for the international human rights approach to domestic violence. (excerpt)