One-stop centre for domestic violence victims starts operation in Patialapunjab Updated: Jun 06, 2017 14:37 IST
The centre has been set up at the Red Cross Bhawan.(HT Photo)
A one-stop centre, a centrally sponsored project, to facilitate victims of domestic violence, started operation here on Monday. The objective of the centre is to provide medical, legal and police assistance to victims of domestic violence under one roof.
Patiala is among the six districts, where the Union ministry of women and child development has given a nod to open such centres.
The district administration has allotted two rooms in the Red Cross Society premises on the mini-secretariat road to run the centre on interim basis, till the construction of its permanent building, for which the land has already been designated at Government Elementary School in Baradari Gardens.
The centre will run under the supervision of Anitapreet Kaur, district project officer, while Rekha Rani, child development and project officer (CDPO), will be in-charge of the centre.
“Besides cases of domestic violence, including physical and mental harassment cases reported in the households, those, who face such ill treatment at public places, can approach the centre for assistance,” the CDPO said.
However, in case of minor victims, the cases will be dealt accordingly under the Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Meanwhile, the facilities of medical assistance, including reference to hospitals, first-aid, helping to lodge first information report (FIR) at police station concerned, legal counselling through lawyers and video-conferencing to facilitate police proceedings, will be provided.
“The centre will remain open round-the-clock and provide temporary shelter, psycho-social support and counselling facilities to the victims,” an official said.
The centre will have a dedicated helpline so that immediate assistance will be provided to women in distress.
Under the project, the civil society groups will conduct social audit of the centres every year and get feedback from those who would have availed the services.