Research Area : Violence and Health
Understanding Dynamics of Sexual Violence: Study of Case Records
Violence is now widely recognized as a global public health concern. Evidence shows that violence, may take various forms such as caste/race violence, homicide, domestic/sexual violence, rape etc. and causes immediate and long term health and social consequences. In the context of sexual violence, women and children have an invariable contact with the health system. This report provides important learning and insights into the interface between the hospitals and the survivors of sexual violence. It also presents the analysis on the contentious issues such as marital rape; mandatory reporting to the police.This will be an important learning document for those who are keen on creating a comprehensive response to sexual violence. The report highlights the need to establish long term engagement between the health institutions and the survivors of sexual violence.
CEHAT has been able to establish two evidence based health service delivery models for responding to violence against women and girls. Over the past 16 years of service provision to survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence, there is lot of secondary data available in the form of intake forms of counseling, follow up documentation, legal records, medical records etc. There are about 3000 case records of women and children facing domestic violence and 800 case records of survivors of sexual violence. This project aims at to reviewing the challenges faced specifically by young women and girls in the context of violence faced by them.
In this project the analysis of case records of such young women will be carried out to study their experiences of domestic violence and understand factors that keep them away from seeking help. Such an analysis has a direct implication on designing interventions for young women at not just the health system but also interventions based in community and other places. Further, analysis of case records of young adolescents ranging from 15 to 18 years indulging fin consensual sexual activity will be carried out to assess the effect of POCSCO on them.
CEHAT Team: Ms. Sanjida Arora (Senior Research Associate)
Supported By: American Jewish World Services (AJWS)