Research Project

Advancing health sector response to violence against women.

Research Area : Violence and Health

The project seeks to provide technical support to the replication of 13 Dilaasa centres in BMC hospitals of Mumbai. CEHAT aims to work in close links with the core groups of healthcare providers and capacitate them to take on the training of their peers and monitor the quality of services provided to VAW survivors.  It will also work closely with counselors of the Dilaasa centres and share their case load related to complicated cases (burns, attempted suicides, life threatening assaults, severe mental health consequences and the like).

Since the past three years, CEHAT has been engaged in equipping states to establish health sector response to VAW. In the coming three years, we aim to deepen these efforts in 7 states to create a comprehensive health care response to VAW. CEHAT will engage with Goa, Haryana, Delhi, and Akola in Maharashtra and Shillong in Meghalaya along with civil society organisations as well as departments of health, WCD and home.

In order to address the current lacunae in medico legal care for victims of torture and those who die in police custody. CEHAT has developed comprehensive guidelines on torture and autopsies through extensive consultations with legal and medical experts. The guidelines provide a comprehensive framework aimed at assissting health workers detect and document torture and are adapted from guidelines developed by the United Nations, namely the 2004 Istanbul Protocol for effective investigation and documentation of Torture and the 2016 Minnesota Protocol on establishment of potentially unlawful deaths. The implementaton of these guidelines will not only help establish custodial torture and thereby facilitate procecution against the perpetrators but will also play an equally crucial role in helping identify measures to prevent the recurrence of torture.

Webinar on - Medicolegal examination of custodial torture and death: Gaps in procedures and protocols of the police and the health system


  1. Guidelines for medico-legal examination in police custody and documenting custodial torture
  2. Guidelines for autopsy in custodial deaths

Supported by:

Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives 

Initiatives Taken:

MOU with Government of Karnataka

SOPs for Responding to Violence against Women and Children:

Standard Operating Procedures for Responding to women and children survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence

Standard Operating Procedures for DILAASA departments for Responding to violence against women and children

Project Publications