Gender Based Violence During Lockdown: Stay home, कितना सुरक्षित? Listen to Nirantar Radio

Nirantar Resource Centre
Published Year: 2020

COVID mein Gender adhaarit Hinsa par Baatchit (part-1) Interviews of Sangeeta Rege, CEHAT and Rutuparna Bora, Nazariya

We have heard about the spike in violence at homes, during lockdown. In Episode 1 of Stay Home, Kitna Surakshit? we meet Sangeeta Rege of CEHAT in Bombay and Rituparna Borah of Nazariya, as they take us through the new response systems organisations have had to develop overnight, to help women and queer persons stuck at home with their oppressors.

स्टे होम, कितना सुरक्षित

हमने लॉक डाउन के दौरान घरेलू हिंसा बहुत अधिक बड़ जाने के बारे में सुना है | ‘स्टे होम, कितना सुरक्षित’ के पहले एपिसोड में हम मिल रहे हैं – CEHAT संस्था (मुम्बई) की संगीता रेगे और नज़रिया संस्था (दिल्ली) की ऋतुपर्णा बोरा से | वे हमें बता रही हैं कि कैसे उन्हें रातों-रात एक नया तंत्र विकसित करना पड़ा ताकि वे घर में प्रताड़ित करने वालों के साथ फंसी औरतों और क्वीर लोगों की सहायता कर सकें |


A Film on providing First-line support through the LIVES Approach

Published Year: 2020

The video seeks to introduce healthcare providers to evidence based recommendations on how to provide first-line support to survivors of violence though the LIVES approach (Listen, Inquire, Validate, Enhance safety and Support).


In India, one out of every three married women have ever experienced physical or sexual violence from their husbands. Violence against women (VAW) is a major public health problem, and has significant and long -lasting impacts on women’s physical and mental health.  Health systems have an important role to play in a multi- sector response to VAW. As a result, training of healthcare providers to provide compassionate and effective care to survivors of violence is essential. This video seeks to introduce healthcare providers to evidence based recommendations on how to provide first-line support to survivors of violence though the LIVES approach (Listen, Inquire, Validate, Enhance safety and Support).



A Film on Maharashtra Medical colleges teach Gender Integrated MBBS

Published Year: 2020

Gender Integrated modules for MBBS students.

Despite an established role of social determinants in health care, neither medical education nor public health services in India have taken cognizance of it. Non recognition of these determinants have led to several biases in dispensing of treatment and care to patients. Thus, medical education provides an important opportunity to transform the healthcare provision. CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Theme) with the support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) undertook a project on integrating gender in medical education in MBBS curriculum   in   Maharashtra. This video describes the experiences of medical colleges in implementing this project.


A Film on Strengthening health systems response to violence against women: Experiences of Indian hospitals

Published Year: 2020

Violence against women is a major public health and health workers are often the first point of contact for survivors.

In 2013, WHO released the first global guidelines for healthcare providers to respond to VAW. However, there is little evidence on how to implement these guidelines in low and middle income countries. Building on the several decades of work by the Centre for Health and Enquiry into Allied Themes [CEHAT], on strengthening health response to VAW, an implementation study was undertaken in collaboration with WHO. The video describes the implementation of guidelines by using systems approach in two tertiary hospitals of Maharashtra.




Strengthening health systems response to violence against women in Indian hospitals

World Health Organization
Published Year: 2019

To commemorate the International day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Violence, WHO has featured the work of WHO/HRP and CEHAT in Maharashtra, India on the health sector response to violence against women which involves implementation research study in 3 tertiary care hospitals in Aurangabad and Miraj and Sangli (each of which serves approximately 50,000 patients a month).

The feature story describes the implementation of the WHO guidelines on responding to intimate partner violence  and sexual violence through training of health workers – doctors, nurses and social workers in three departments – obstetrics and gynecology, general medicine and emergency medicine/casualty. The hospitals are teaching hospitals and run by the government and hence, the implementation research study is aiming to institutionalize the trainings of health workers not just in in-service, but also pre-service.  Results of this study are forthcoming.

Please find the link to the feature story on the WHO website and also the link to the video which features the doctors and nurses. In India, this is one of the few efforts that has tried to integrate VAW into existing health services, rather than establish stand-alone services, with a view to keeping sustainability and feasibility in mind and also strengthen not just the health work force capacity, but also the health system response.



Beyond the Threshold

Published Year: 2018

Women who experience intimate partner violence or domestic violence are often socially isolated, cut-off from friends and/or family who could support them and help them address the situations they are facing.

In India, women survivors often approach health systems as their first point of contact. Can the health sector offer resources to survivors of intimate partner violence? In this video, shot in Mumbai and New Delhi, survivors of violence as well as health care providers talk about their experiences, the role played by the public health system in providing services and support to women facing such violence in these instances and the potential for expanding these services to reach more women in need.



Satyamev Jayate Season 2 - Fighting Rape - Giving holistic care at the hospital

Satyamev Jayate
Published Year: 2014

Dr. Aditi explains why survivors need to be treated in hospital with sensitivity and with a uniform protocol.



Satyamev Jayate Season 2 - Fighting Rape - Healing touch?

Satyamev Jayate
Published Year: 2014

Doctors play a crucial role in the physical and psychological recovery of survivors of rape. Soon after an assault, when survivors visit the hospital, they face disbelief and insensitivity. Irrelevant and unscientific procedures like the two-finger test are used to determine their 'habituation to sex', which clearly shows the biased nature of the medical examination. To correct this, NGO CEHAT developed a gender-sensitive protocol for the medical examination of survivors of rape.

In this segment, CEHAT's Sangeeta Rege speaks about why it was needed. Along with Rege is Dr Nikhil Datar who says that the protocol has helped to change the mindset of doctors; they now see the medical examination and collection of forensic evidence as an important step in the survivor's journey towards justice.

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Dilaasa and Point of View present ‘At The Crossroads’ इस मोड पर Directed by Ipshita Maitra

Published Year: 2011

CEHAT, Mumbai, Documentary Films,

About the film…

At the Crossroads follows the story of Meera, a woman admitted into a public hospital for attempted suicide. A concerned nurse, who believes Meera to be a survivor of domestic violence, introduces her to Dilaasa, a hospital based crisis center, that works on mitigating abuse by identifying and helping women who come to the hospital to treat various health issues that result from domestic violence. With the counselor’s help, Meera learns to handle her situation and make a fresh start. At the Crossroads focuses on the important role that health care professionals can play in stemming domestic violence. Since hospitals are often the first refuge for abused women, the steps that a health care professional takes can have a marked impact on situations involving familial or spousal abuse. The film also emphasizes the counselor’s role in helping transform the lives of survivors of domestic violence.

Written & Directed by – Ipshita Maitra

Produced by – Bishakha Datta

Cast –

Divya Jagdale
Dhanendra Kawade
Princy Sudhakar
Sanjay Gurbaxani
Sangeeta Rege

Director of Photography – Rishi Punjabi

Editor – Swati Sen

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Short promo of the film with Dr. Mallik's interview on YouTube.

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