The Gauravi One-Stop Crisis Centre | ActionAid UK

The Gauravi One-Stop Crisis Centre

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

Footnotes

Page updated 22 May 2019