The One Stop Scheme by the Ministry of Women and Child Development has presented the opportunity to influence the current crisis intervention services. Through this scheme, crisis intervention centres called One Stop Centres have been established or are underway in various states across the country with the objective to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces and to facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services including medical, legal, psychological and counseling support under one roof to fight against any forms of violence against women. For effective implementation of these OSC, counselors must work in coordination with the hospital within which or near which they are located. Violence against women has been recognized as a health issue under the National Health Policy, 2017. The link between violence and health has been acknowledged along with the recognition to create services to respond to survivors. In 2005, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, was developed to offer civil remedies and reliefs to women facing violence. In 2012, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was introduced. Both these laws have brought in the role of support persons and Protection Officers, generating a growing reliance on counselling services. It is imperative that counselors be trained to respond to different forms of VAW and children and be equipped with the perspective and skills in responding to VAW.
CEHAT has been instrumental in
developing an evidence-based model to respond to VAW and children. In 2014, the
MOHFW laid down the guidelines and protocols for medico-legal care for
survivors of sexual assault including psychosocial support. CEHAT had the
opportunity to present its evidence based work of having established Dilaasa, a
hospital based crisis centre in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of
Greater Mumbai. This evidence-based model has also featured in the leading
international medical journal Lancet.
is pleased to announce its National Course on counselling survivors of
violence. The course is aimed at building a critical feminist perspective on
the issue of violence against women and children and enhancing skills of the
participants in responding to survivors of violence.
has been accepted as one of the most effective counselling method for women
living in abusive relationships as it questions power and inequality within the
relationship. It encourages women to understand what they are experiencing in
context of inequalities that arise out of larger oppressive structures. This
form of counselling is gender-sensitive and has been used effectively while
engaging with various vulnerable groups including transgenders and boys.
We invite states to depute counselors appointed at One Stop Centres so that they are equipped with the perspective on violence against women and children and are prepared to respond to survivors sensitively using a survivor-centric approach. Hospital-based counselors (RMNCH+A, ICTC, etc.), social workers, psychologists and lawyers are encouraged to participate.
must have at least 2 years of work experience in counselling in the area of
VAW, with a working knowledge of English and Hindi.
The completed application form can be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org