Capacity Building for Effective Implementation

Capacity Building of Service Providers, Advocacy and Lobbying for Effective Implementation of the 2005 Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act

This project aims at enhancing the capacities of service providers and stakeholders to effectively implement the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (2005) in India. Passage of the PWDV Act represented a great step forward in the battle against domestic violence. However, in order to propel any real change in the lives of those affected by domestic violence, effective implementation of the law remains essential. Already, low awareness levels regarding the new legislation and a lack of civil infrastructure –well-trained police and protection officers, medical facilities, housing and accessible legal aid – threatens to impede effective implementation of the law.

In close coordination with stakeholders and partner organizations and due to generous support from the Inter-church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), we aspire to formulate strategies for effective implementation of the PWDV Act, create a substantial increase in awareness of the Act, enhance service provider and government accountability and finally, provide the victims of domestic violence with better access to legal services.

Track 1: Awareness generation and grassroots advocacy, achieved through knowledge sharing consultations and media consultations in six regions of India. Relevant stakeholder participants include law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations, community members and media to initiate discussion on their respective experiences, including problems faced in the field and best practices. Thus far, regional consultations have taken place in Patna, Bihar with CSDS; Chennai with the India Women’s Association and the National Centre for Advocacy Studies; and Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh with Arunachal Pradesh Women's Welfare Society. A concluding national consultation took place in February 2009.

Track 2: Lobbying for proper implementation and better allocation of resources for the PWDV Act at national and state levels, carried out in partnership with Women Power Connect (WPC).

Track 3: Capacity building of government-authorized service providers, facilitated through a series of “training of trainers”workshops in six regions of India. In order to create a better understanding of the PWDVA and the related legal procedures among Protection Officers and Service Providers, so as to ensure that the opportunities created by the PWDVAct reach more and more victims of violence, Centre for Social Research (CSR) along with Socio Legal Aid Research and Training Centre (SLARTC) organized a Training of Trainers workshop. Trainings were conducted throughout the second half of 2009 with 37 participants in Kolkata, West Bengal; 49 participants in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; 31 participants in Bhubneshwar, Orissa; 54 participants in Nagpur, Maharashtra; and 25 participants for a second session in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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