The percentage of women facing domestic violence is increasing by the day, where over 40.4% women are victims of violence, which is double the national average of 21%. Many of the women justified assault by their husbands for various reasons, indicating a high degree of helplessness and self-deprecation. Unfortunately, when it comes to the rural women, there is a lack of sufficient psychological and legal counseling services to counteract these issues. This has led to a devastating rate of suicides in the Vanur block.
From 2007 to 2010, each year 7-10 women in our SHG network committed suicide with the similar number of failed attempts. This made us realise the need to provide psychological support services in our area. Due to our consistent and effective methods, the number has come down to 0-2. We see this as our one of the most satisfying initiatives.
With the aim to protect the emotional and mental health of the community's members, we offer services to individuals, families and groups in the areas of counselling, de-addiction, energy healing and somatic experience. We raise awareness on the issues and services available, for women, men and children.
Staff trained in counselling support the affected ones and refer them for further care whenever needed, like the rehabilitation centres in our area.
Alcoholism is one of the biggest threats facing our community members. It leads to violence, indebtedness, abuse of women and children, stress and trauma. We are working to alleviate the problem in our member communities.
Since we are privileged to be a part of Auroville, we get enough support from highly skilled national and international therapists and healers. They also train our staff and the interested leaders of the federation and SHGs. Sessions are offered to highly traumatised individuals and followed up.