Many women in rural India suffer violence and harassment at the hands of their families. There is a dire need of shelter for abused women who otherwise receive no support. For the last 11 years, Seva Mandir has been running a refuge, the Short-Stay Home (SSH), for abused women in Udaipur. This home provides shelter to women in distress and their children, and also offers legal and financial counseling to empower these women and help them rebuild their lives.
When women are subjected to domestic violence they often feel there is no way out. Leaving one's home is seen as shameful and a woman who walks out is often blamed for doing so, whatever the circumstances. Even in cases of extreme violence women frequently don't leave home because they feel that they have no safe place to go without losing respect and dignity.
Seva Mandir's Short-Stay Home provides a safe place and a support network for these women and their children. They can stay for up to three years, and receive counseling, legal aid and medical care, vocational and skills development training, employment opportunities, education for themselves and their children, and rehabilitation services.
With training and proper counseling, abused women can start to build new lives for themselves and their children. The Short-Stay Home aims to make these victims of domestic abuse financially and emotionally independent.