How ActionAid helps survivors of violence
One in three women worldwide will be beaten or sexually abused in their lifetime, most likely by somebody they know. Violence at home is a global problem, and women and girls living in poverty are even more at risk.
ActionAid runs crisis centres around the world, offering survivors free medical emotional and legal support.
Local ActionAid staff run these shelter and support centres, where survivors of sexual and domestic violence can access a helpline, safe shelter, medical treatment, counselling and legal aid, so that they can recover from trauma and begin to rebuild their lives.
As well as giving immediate support for survivors, we are building a safer future for women and girls. Local outreach workers are changing attitudes by raising awareness of how to recognise and report different types of violence, and training police officers to ensure cases are dealt with properly and perpetrators are prosecuted.
Please donate to help girls like Simran to get the support they need, and look forward to a safer future.
Home shouldn’t hurt
Women and girls have the right to be safe, wherever they are. Their homes and neighbourhoods should be places where they feel most comfortable, where they have nothing to fear.
But for many women and girls, this isn’t the reality.
In 95% of reported rape cases in India the survivors knew their rapist.
He wasn’t a stranger. He was a partner, a family member, a neighbour… a ‘friend’.
ActionAid is committed to ending violence against women and girls. Our local workers tackle violence in communities and help survivors access the services they need and the justice they deserve.
Together, we are ending violence against women and girls.
Telling Simran’s story
Simran and her family gave us full permission to share their story, but to protect Simran’s anonymity we have changed her name, and we have not used her photograph. The photograph accompanying her story is of a girl who has not experienced abuse. She and her mother gave their full informed consent for us to take photos of her to be used in this way.
This project is just one example of ActionAid’s work. Your regular donation may not go towards this project. It will be used where it is needed most to further ActionAid’s general charitable purposes.