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Nafiza married a man whom she loved thinking that she would have a good life ahead. She had no idea how things would turn out.
Very soon, her husband turned abusive. His behaviour did not change even after they had a daughter. He continued to harm Nafiza, and now hurt their daughter too.
He wanted money and did not care how he got it. He convinced Nafiza to be a surrogate mother to childless couples to earn money. He spent all the money on his bad habits and gave nothing to support Nafisa and their daughter.
He forced her to become a surrogate three times. He abused her even during the pregnancies. When he forced her to do it again for the fourth time, she became frightened. She was in poor health and did not want to get pregnant again.
She approached Apnalaya for help. They explained to her what she had to do to get out of the painful situation she was in. They gave her the courage to speak to her husband and bring him along for counselling. The center tried to counsel her husband but their efforts were in vain. He continued to abuse her.
Apnalaya knew that Nafiza needed the support of someone she could trust to keep moving forward. So they encouraged her to tell her brother about the situation.
After Apnalaya spoke to Nafiza’s brother, he convinced her to leave her abusive husband, taking her daughter with her. When she did so, her husband became angry and tried to threaten her at first. When Apnalaya warned him with legal action, he left her alone.
Nafiza is now staying with her brother’s family. She found a job and is able to provide for herself and her daughter. She leads a simple life with dignity and is hopeful for a better future for her daughter.
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Family Counseling Centre (FCC) is a haven for victims of exploitation, violence, infidelity, deprivation and blackmail. Here, they find a friend who listens offers advice and helps find the strength within them to fight and win their legal and personal battles.
The objectives of the program are supporting victims of domestic violence and family conflict through Family Counseling, Support Group (Apnapan) meetings, creating community counselors (Sahara Group), and awareness on women's issues. Apnalaya is a government-appointed service provider under the Domestic Violence Act 2005.
Apnalaya trains women to fight domestic violence, conducts awareness sessions and organizes women to come together and help each other. It is completely run through the help of benefactors who donate to Apnalaya's general causes. Today Apnalaya is a pillar of hope for many women. Donate to this program and help Apnalaya to save women from domestic violence.
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30 October, 2018
It is working towards prevention of violence and to empower victims of domestic violence so as they are able to take charge of their lives and rights. Apnalaya is also a government appointed service provider under the Domestic Violence Act 2005. Through adolescent and adult volunteers and the "Sahara Gat" (support groups) members, who are provided trainings to understand and take effective steps to deal with cases related to domestic violence in a non-violent manner.
Family Counselling Centre (FCC) is a heaven for weeping and battle worn women, victims of exploitation, violence, infidelity, deprivation and blackmail. They come from different walks of life. Here they find a friend who listens, counsel and offer help to find strength within themselves to fight and win their legal and personal battles. The cases vary in its duration depending on its complexity from a few months to even years resulting in an amicable resolution or separation as the case may be.
To strengthen the team, a counsellor has joined FCC to evaluate psychosocial aspect of the cases and give more individualized focus.
"Violence Prevention" is a program where all aged (17 and above) women and men from the community are given intensive training for the period of six to eight months to understand and take steps to prevent violence and deal with cases of domestic violence.
Story from the field
Renee (Name change) was 14 when her case was brought to Apnalaya; her father was abusing her sexually for last two years. Family and community were aware of the incident but were not ready to talk about it, it was, therefore, realized that approaching mother and child would not be easy. Apnalaya approached lawyers to understand legal process in detail. Health team approached mother (sinjani) and child giving education as a reason to meet, as both of them came to the centre, counsellor sat with the child separately and tried building rapport, Renee was talking about herself and indirectly spoke about her father, In second meeting, play therapy helped her to open up even more. In the third meeting, the mother was counselled and was encouraged to support her daughter. As per the instruction of the lawyers, police were informed and were called to the centre. We faced difficulty when Police insisted that the child should be brought to the police station to give the statement, after a lot of effort they sent a lady police in plain clothes to the centre. Next day after the statement of the child and mother was recorded child was taken to the hospital for medical check-up where again we had to deal with the behaviour of medical staff, in the hospital the client was told to wait, the way doctor started probing the child so insensitively that the counsellor had to ask her to be little polite and to not ask questions which is obnoxious for the child. After this child welfare committee came into action, Renee's father was absconding, therefore, for Renee's safety, she was sent to shelter home. Continuous follow up was done with CWC and continuous counselling was provided to the mother as the community was against her for not supporting her husband. Her husband is now in the custody of police and has a case going on against him but Renee and her life has changed a lot ,she is the one who was not let to study after 3rd standard by school authority as she was taking more time to understand things in comparison to her classmates but today at her new home (shelter home)she has a tutor who teaches her, her way of talking has changed totally, she is learning her numbers and alphabets, she can also be heard expressing herself in amateur English and using cutlery to have her meal. Her mother goes to work and is managing everything on her own; she is also planning to send her other two children to the same shelter home
|Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19||150|
|Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year||44|
30 April, 2018
The Counseling Center mainly focusses on strengthening the victims of violence as well as conducting activities with community people to make them aware and capable of taking steps that could prevent domestic violence against women and children.
The Counseling Center is an ongoing facility working 5 days a week from Sunday to Thursday from morning 9.30 till evening 6.30. A total of 77 new cases are registered in the counselling center and we could reach up to total 110 beneficiaries during last six months from October 2017 to March 2018. Out of 76 new beneficiaries, 47 cases were of women physically, mentally and financially abused by husband and in-laws.
Renee (name changed) was 14 when her case was brought to Apnalaya; her father was abusing her sexually for the past two years.
Her family and community were aware of the incident but were not ready to talk about it. It was, therefore, realized that approaching the mother and child would not be easy.
Apnalaya approached lawyers to understand the legal process in detail.
The health team approached the mother (Sinjani) and child, giving "education" as a reason to meet. As both of them came to the center, the counselor sat with the child separately and tried building a rapport. Renee talked about herself and indirectly spoke about her father. In the second meeting, play therapy helped her to open up even more. In the third meeting, the mother was counseled and was encouraged to support her daughter.
As per the instruction of the lawyers, police were informed and were called to the center. We faced difficulty when the Police insisted that the child should be brought to the police station to give the statement. After a lot of effort they sent a lady police in plain clothes to the center. Next day after the statement of the child and mother was recorded child was taken to the hospital for medical check-up where again we had to deal with the behaviour of medical staff. In the hospital, the way the doctor started probing the child insensitively, the counselor had to ask her to be a little polite and to not ask questions which is obnoxious for the child.
After this, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) came into action, but Renee's father was absconding. Therefore, for Renee's safety, she was sent to a shelter home.
Continuous follow up was done with CWC and continuous counseling was provided to the mother as the community was against her for not supporting her husband.
13 March, 2018
International Women's Day was celebrated at Apnalaya by the women of Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai who lead the community as health workers, entrepreneurs, volunteers and influencers. They form the backbone of our integrated community development approach. The women worked with Apnalaya's sustainable model of home-based crèche. The model follows a buddy-system between a pair of women, bringing 100% benefit to the participants by enabling them to become an entrepreneur and a working mother at the same time, while providing safe space for their infants. The model empowers women and benefits their families by increasing family income, bringing women to the workforce and public domain and reducing school drop-outs among older siblings, who otherwise would spend their school hours as caregivers.
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