The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown in India has forced everyone to stay indoors. At times like these, a lot of victims of domestic violence and abuse get stuck with their abuser and seldom get the help they seek. Most states have dedicated women’s distress helplines in police stations. If you dial 100 to report your situation, you will most likely receive immediate help.
We have compiled a list of helpline numbers that should be useful if you or someone you know is facing abuse during the lockdown.
Domestic violence cases in India have increased since the lockdown was levied on 24th March with husbands venting their frustrations on wives, who have no escape from their abusers, say experts.
The National Commission for Women (NCW), for instance, received 58 complaints from March 23 to March 30, according to data accessed by PTI.
You can read the full report here.
I. Aks Foundation Pune
For women involved in a situation of domestic violence, contact Aks Foundation Pune’s helpline. They are available at all times.
Aks Helpline Numbers: 879308814
Legal Advice: 8793088815
II. Helpline Numbers - Delhi
SAARTHAK: (011) 26843846/26524061
All India Women’s Conference: 10921/(011) 23389680
JAGORI: (011) 26692700
Joint Women’s Programme: (011) 24619821
III. Stand Up Against Violence
Stand Up Against Violence is a website dedicated to providing assistance to victims.
The website has a list of helpline numbers for every Indian state of various government and private organisations that aid victims of domestic violence.
An application for Indian women exclusively. You can talk about anything personal or professional in your life and be assured that it is completely confidential.
Talking to people is often the first step in escaping an abusive situation. Please talk to your friends and confidants to seek immediate help if you or your loved ones are going through domestic abuse.
Check out their website here.
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