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This research studied the use of learning networks in Bangkok communities as a way to combat domestic violence associated with political conflict. Thailand has suffered increased political and domestic violence since 1999, although a direct link between the two has not yet been established. The objective of this study was to examine the association between domestic and political violence in communities in and around Bangkok, using a medico-legal perspective in order to develop a policy to mitigate the effects of violence. The study used a participatory community action research approach with a quantitative-led mixed-methods design to collect data from members of local communities in Bangkok who have been affected by both political and domestic violence, through surveys and focus groups. The findings examined the awareness of domestic violence and its effects and impact on political violence. The research showed a moderate level of impact on economic, physical and mental well-being in areas affected by political violence. It also revealed a low to moderate awareness of domestic violence and its effects. Focus groups identified learning networks as a possible model for mitigating the impact of domestic violence on the physical and mental well-being, and harmony of communities. The implications and approach for establishing a learning network in a healthy community to address domestic violence were also discussed.
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