An One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) to provide Crisis Intervention Service to Women Survivors of Gender Based Violence
Violence Against Women (VAW) in Assam – The Contextual Background
One of the most overlooked forms of violence in today’s society is violence against women. Violence against women in the north eastern state of Assam has become a cause for severe concern as like all over India, women in the Assam too face violence in the domestic and public spheres. Assam registered second-highest number of incidents of crime against women in the entire country. According to the NCRB report of 2012, Assam tops the rate of cognizable crimes against women in India in 2012 at 89.54%. This high incidence of crime against women is a matter of concern. The data available with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that most of the cases are related to kidnapping, rape and cases of domestic violence under section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Despite various legal provisions in the state to protect women against domestic abuse, women are still victims of domestic violence, dowry, bigamy, rape, kidnapping and other forms of atrocities, both physical and mental.
One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) – The Approach
One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) is an institutional mechanism to provide support, care, treatment, security and legal advice to women who have faced atrocities. The centre will cater to all survivors of violence such as domestic violence, caste based, sexual assault, trafficking, dowry, rape etc. involving government officials, medical practitioners and activists and members of civil society organisation. OSCC will offer free medical, legal and case related support to the survivor at one place, rather than her having to run between each of these institutions separately.
The Aims and Objectives
- To provide crisis intervention services – immediate emotional and counselling support.
- To extend help in registration of police complaints (Police officer to be deputed) since the FIR takes long many times.
- Discuss safety of the survivor and devise a safety plan for survivors (link with Women & Child Development shelter home for women)
- Have a visiting lawyer for legal counselling.
- If required, building linkage the survivor with the government scheme for her economic rehabilitation and injury compensation scheme.
NEADS Strategic Establishment Initiative
OSCC is a first of its kind initiative from NEADS as Civil Society Organisation in the state of Assam involving government officials, medical practitioners and activists and members of civil society. The centre is being launch on 12th November, 2014 in collaboration with the district administration. The support system of NEADS OSCC is to provide ray of hope to women survivors of gender based violence. There will be multi- cluster individual expert in the committee which will offer free medical, legal and case related support to the survivor at one place.