The Indian Criminal Justice System views its responsibility towards survivors and victims of violent crimes — such as violence against women, attempted murder/murder, or assault resulting in permanent disabilities — as starting and ending with the delivery of a sentence to perpetrators. Similarly, civil society and non-government organizations, primarily focus on rehabilitation and reform for imprisoned persons, with little attention and resources directed towards working with survivors and victims of crime. DISHA is one of the only organizations in the country that seeks to address the issues faced by survivors and victims of violent, often gendered crimes. In addition to the psychological & physiological trauma of surviving a violent crime, survivors or victims also experience psychosocial stressors on account of navigating through an unsensitised, unresponsive justice system. There is a lack of resources to adequately meet their medical, legal, financial and other needs post-incident. DISHA aims to address these stressors through their program ‘Crime Victim Rehabilitation’.
DISHA receives information about survivors and victims of violent crimes in their districts of work (Amravati, Yavatmal, and Nagpur) through the police. They conduct home visits to understand the needs of survivors and victims and their families. DISHA provides psychological first-aid and information on related government resources, as well as medical, legal, mental health and financial support. DISHA facilitates linkages to required resources and assists with the application process for availing compensation and other entitlements. On the flipside, DISHA trains police officers, government officials, and other criminal justice stakeholders who may come into contact with their clients to better understand the needs of victims, their rights, and the responsibility of state actors in helping to realize such rights.
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