Remedies to the Rescue
Victims must stop blaming themselves or finding excuses for ordeals as violence is unacceptable in any condition whatsoever. Rather than spotlighting women as victims, they should be portrayed as agents capable of changing their own lives.
A pivotal role is played by NGOs and Counsellors in spreading awareness and creating a social support mechanism for the victim along with the positive sensitization through media. On of the innovative method is adopted by the SHEROES App for Women developed by a practicing female lawyer herself wherein it provides a portal for online chats with the SHEROES Helpline and have a better understanding of the situation. They also provide regular online sessions with mental health counsellors and can subsequently ask for legal advice if such need arises. Another innovative strategy is adopted by NGO Sneha wherein they developed a successful online campaign against domestic violence by roping in various famous Bollywood actors to attract attention towards the cause.
Even in lockdown, people are allowed to go out for walks or essential services and hence the “time out technique” can be employed which creates a buffer to stop immediate violence by creating a window of escape by physical distancing in case behaviour changes are observed in the perpetrator.
Stigmatising a violent behaviour rather than the perpetrator is proven to be more effective. The bystanders and neighbours must be encouraged to intervene through media campaigns (like bell bajao ‘ring the bell’ campaign).
The biggest role that the government can play is to provide assurance to its people that the turmoil on the health, economic, mental and social aspects will be dealt with and provide a policy framework for the same. Providing temporary shelters for women and families away from abusers, with proper precautions for Covid-19, must be arranged for.