Prevention of Violence Against Women & Children

SNEHA's PVWC Program builds a gender-sensitive society that responds to and prevents gender-based violence in urban areas:
  • Crisis Intervention: SNEHA's crisis centres provide immediate and long-term counselling for the survivors of violence and facilitate access to medical, legal and police services.
  • Sensitisation of Public Sector Workers: SNEHA trains police officers and public hospital staff on the needs of women and children in distress. SNEHA also develops and helps implement protocols for public systems to promote provision of adequate and timely care for survivors.
  • Community Mobilisation: SNEHA has established a network of community-based women volunteers monitoring the safety of women and children, works with men to prevent violence, and has introduced technology to crowd-source cases of violence.

Empowerment, Health and Sexuality for Adolescents (EHSAS)

SNEHA's EHSAS initiative aims to address the health and wellbeing of adolescents and youth, and transform them into healthy, gender-sensitive and responsible citizens.

Impact to Date

Since 2001,

  • Addressed over 6,000 cases of violence.
  • Trained and sensitized 4,500 police officers and cadets in Mumbai.
  • Trained over 2,100 public hospital staff to identify violence victims among patients.
  • Provided health and life skills education to over 10,000 adolescents and youth.
  • Provided vocational training to over 2,000 youth.


  • Collaborates with the District Legal Aid Services Authority (DLASA) to provide free legal aid.
  • Held the secretariat of the Maharashtra state chapter of the AMAN Network in 2012 - 2013.
  • Covered by 26 media articles in 2013 - 2014.

The Model

The PVWC program operates 11 crisis centers across Mumbai, providing immediate interventions as well as long-term follow-up support for survivors of violence. Its training for the police focuses on sensitive communication with violence victims, and its work with public healthcare providers emphasizes detection of violence victims among hospital patients. SNEHA's network of women volunteers actively identifies and refers cases of violence to SNEHA's crisis centers. SNEHA recently launched a mobile application enabling discreet reporting of violence and crowdsourcing of incidence maps.

From the Field

Anamika and her daughters had been suffering from physical abuse by her alcoholic husband, Raja. She approached SNEHA for medical attention after a brutal beating. After provision of medial care, SNEHA tried to arrange a counseling session, but Raja would not agree to participate. To protect Anamika, SNEHA filed a court case under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act - the first case of its kind to be filed by a service provider. After the first hearing, Raja approached SNEHA to request a reconciliation with his wife and daughters. To ensure Anamika and her daughters' safety, SNEHA worked with the courts and had Raja sign legally binding consent terms before the court settlement date. "Today I have a rightful existence in my house. I am not humiliated any more," said Anamika after her return home.

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