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The Gauravi One-Stop Crisis Centre

The Gauravi Centre's response to the coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which is bringing about a surge in domestic violence, the work of Gauravi Centre is more important than ever.

Staff are working hard to support women and girls who are at increased risk of violence; they are also delivering vital food and hygiene supplies to vulnerable people across their community.

Staff are distributing up to 7,000 food packets for families in need each day.

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Talat received support from the Guaravi Crisis Centre

    Talat is a survivor of violence who received support from the Gauravi Crisis Centre. She is now delivering food to those affected by the coronavirus crisis 

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    Why is this kind of centre necessary?

    A women or girl reports a rape every 15 minutes in India.1 

    Due to deeply held cultural beliefs in some communities, women and girls can feel pressured to stay silent about their attacks, or even feel as if they themselves are to blame. They may not have the financial means to leave their partner, or access legal services, meaning many cases of abuse go unreported.

    But the Gauravi Centre offers the full range of services for survivors of violence - all under one roof. Many of the staff members at Gauravi are survivors of violence themselves. They often form strong bonds with the women and girls who access the services, keeping in touch for years to come, and providing sensitive, comprehensive care that helps survivors recover from trauma.

    Madhya Pradesh

    The Centre's location in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

    What about stopping the violence before it happens?

    The Gauravi Centre doesn't just provide aftercare for survivors of violence. 

    It also runs outreach work in the wider community, in order to break down stigmas and change attitudes. This includes holding talks in schools and colleges where participants find out how to report abuse and what their rights are. 

    Centre workers also train police officers to ensure cases are dealt with promptly and sensitively. They work with lawyers to ensure surivors get justice and perpetrators are held to account. Together, this sends a powerful message to community members about the rights of women and girls - and begins to break the cycle of violence.

    They also run programmes to help women become financially independent, including a scheme to train women to become auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) and bus drivers - a profession that is usually seen as male-only. And they support families to get government funding to continue girls' education, so that girls can grow up with a better knowledge of their rights. 

    • 1. [1] Based on 38,947 reported rapes in 2016. Source: 2016 India National Crime Record Bureau, p.xix

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    Page updated 11 May 2020