Tackling domestic violence against women

Violence against women is endemic in South India, and women from oppressed communities bear the brunt. We work both to prevent domestic and other forms of violence and provide crucial support to victims.

We use a mix of approaches to address violence against women:

  • We work with a broad range of partners, including South India NGOs, state and local government, schools and communities to encourage cooperation and united action
  • We provide free legal and counselling services to victims of violence. This supports rehabilitation after violent incidents and helps them to secure justice and redress
  • We deliver capacity building training for other South Indian NGOs. This improves their knowledge of the Prevention of Women from Domestic Violence Act and how to best use it to address violence against women in their areas
  • Members of our Women’s Movement monitor violence against women in their areas and identify needs for intervention and support
  • Since 2010, we have organised a regional campaign of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. We combine mass media awareness with community education, schools and young people’s programmes, training workshops and free legal and counselling services. This changes attitudes about violence against women and supports behaviour change among families and institutions