The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for women across the world, many of whom are now locked down in their homes with their abusers. In India, the National Commission for Women has reported an increase in cases of domestic violence, rape and attempted rape since mid-March 2020 when the lockdown came into effect.
Though the lockdown has required the temporary closure of our Counseling Centers, our counselors and legal experts are still working and using our digital tools (helpline) to reach out to women who are in need of help.
COUNSELING AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Our counseling and legal teams are:
In constant touch with our existing clients with prior appointments with us and are conducting regular follow ups to ensure that they are safe and supplied with essential goods required during the lockdown
Operating our helpline number (+91 93334 04141) to anyone who requires support, encouragement and assistance that they need during these difficult times
During the lockdown, many young people have been reaching out to us and expressing their concerns regarding intimate partner violence. In partnership with Merlynn Intelligence Technologies (one of our technology partners) to create a confidential and free online quiz to assess if they are in a healthy relationship with their partner.
The quiz focuses on 4 core areas - physical, emotional, economic and sexual - and contains a series a yes/no questions. At the end of the quiz, the user will receive their score and will have our emergency contact information, including easy options to contact local police and medical facilities in their locality anywhere in the world. With this quiz, we aim to assist as many people as possible with our services.
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