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Abhaya -Support groups for Parents and Victims of Sexual Abuse and Violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG), is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.

The numbers are staggering:

  • 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.
  • Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner.
  • Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an immediate family member.
  • 200 million women have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting.

This issue is not only devastating for survivors of violence and their families, but also entails significant social and economic costs. In some countries, violence against women is estimated to cost countries up to 3.7% of their GDP – more than double what most governments spend on education.

Failure to address this issue also entails a significant cost for the future.  Numerous studies have shown that children growing up with violence are more likely to become survivors themselves or perpetrators of violence in the future.

(source: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/socialdevelopment/brief/violence-against-women-and-girls)

Domestic violence against women is the top gender-related crime, while there has been a marginal increase in rapes as well as overall crime in the country, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2018. 

While we are working with victims of abuse, it is  imperative that parents and guardians of survivors needs to be helped to deal with trauma as well justice.

Objectives of the Support Groups:

  • Help the survivors in the legal process to get Justice
  • Providing a platform for the parents of the victims and seek assistance
  • Provide counseling to the victims and the parents
  • Advocacy and Lobbying with various departments to expedite the process of  FIRs, Chargesheet, 164J Statements and Compensations