Prevention of Violence Against Women & Children

Goals


  • Elimination of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
  • Ensuring health and well being of women and girls.
  • Recognition of violence as a public concern.
  • Equality and empowerment of women and girls.

How We Work

The Program adopts a multi-pronged, pro woman approach with women and children survivors of violence, communities and public systems to make violence a public concern through :

  • Crisis Intervention and Counselling helping women access appropriate recourse to action (legal, pre litigation, medical help, shelter), while building their confidence and teaching them to negotiate power and control over their own lives.
  • Prevention and Community Intervention making the issue of gender based violence visible in communities and in public and urging people to stand up, speak out and intervene.
  • Collaboration and networking with public systems, specifically the police, health and legal systems to sensitively handle women and children approaching them for help and to offer timely and adequate services.
  • Advocacy through groups and networks at local, city, state and national levels for implementation of acts and laws on or relating to violence against women and children.

We carry out community intervention in urban slum settlements in G North, M East, F South and H West Wards of Mumbai, while counselling and crisis intervention services are open to survivors from across the country.

Achievements

  • Recognition and acceptance of PVWC's work by the Deputy Commissioners of Police, Mumbai Zones III, IV, V and VI who enabled us to get permission to conduct sensitization trainings at the Zonal level and also at the Marol Police Training School.
  • Succeeded in drawing attention to violence against women and children as a public concern and not a private matter at the city level by organizing a campaign called 16 days Activism which was covered extensively by the media during the period 25th November to 10th December 2012.
  • PVWC held the Secretariat of the Maharashtra chapter of the AMAN Global Voices for Peace in the Home Network (an international network of organisations working on domestic violence) from 2012 - 2013.
  • SNEHA, in collaboration with Poor Box Productions, hosted Eve Ensler on 6th January, 2013, as part of the run up to the international One Billion Rising Campaign, which was held on 14th February, 2013. SNEHA joined the rest of the world to "Strike! Dance! Rise!" to end violence against women and girls.
  • Formation of a Dharavi level Federation (30 members from various professions and backgrounds) to address violence against women and girls in the community.
  • Research study 'Burns as a result of Violence : A Problem Analysis' conducted in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (LTMGH), Mumbai as a collaboration between Crime Science Department, University College London, U.K. and SNEHA. The study has led to an improved system of co-ordination between the Burns Unit of LTMGH and SNEHA for the filing of First Information Reports and legal intervention to ensure timely help to burns survivors.
  • Noble Laureate Karamveer Puraskar awarded by iCONGO (a Confederation of International NGOs) to Dr. Nayreen Daruwalla for her contribution to the field of gender based violence and gender justice.

Impacts

  • Resolved nearly 3,000 cases of violence against women and children.
  • Provided care for more than 500 women and children suffering from phyisical injury due to violence.
  • Trained and sensitized 1,200 Police officers of 4 zones of Mumbai and Police Cadet Training college.
  • Established three Women’s OPD’s at public hospitals.
  • Regular Public awareness campaigns across Mumbai.

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