In the last quarter, Vikalp Sansthan’s Helpline & Support Center responded to 17 cases, over 50% of which were related to domestic, gender-based violence. Other complex cases involved cyber crime, missing girls, a missing woman, sexual harassment and rehabilitation. The support provided by Vikalp Sansthan is holistic, including a range of services: home visits, counseling, referrals to lawyers and law enforcement, livelihood/employment support, referrals to government support, referrals to education, and counseling for education. Eight cases were resolved during the reporting period and many others are still receiving support.
The Vikalp Sansthan Helpline & Support Center also helped arrange survivor support groups and regular meetings in which group leaders facilitated discussion and problem solving among the women. Working together, the groups were able to address the majority of their questions and issues (mainly challenges or conflicts at home) on their own. More serious issues that could not be fully addressed or required additional support were then referred to the helpline. Vikalp Sansthan was pleased to report that the “support groups have become very active and are trying to solve issues at their level,” a wonderful sign of community empowerment and self-determination.
“During the home visits for follow up, it was encouraging for us to see all the survivor girls and women who received help from the center are leading a healthy and happy life with their husbands and families. It was a positive indication that results of our efforts and counseling are long lasting.”
• Vikalp Sansthan Team •