Nearly 50% of Indian women experience violence in their own homes. Over 50% of men, women, boys and girls believe that this is normal.
Undervaluing of girls, cultural acceptance of controlling and abusing women, and pressure to stay quiet in order to protect family reputation cause the cycle of abuse to go unchecked. 2/3 women will never even speak about the abuse they face.
Operation PeaceMaker aims to reduce domestic violence in India through thousands of PeaceMakers who are trained in family and marriage counseling and all aspects of the Domestic Violence Act. Our innovative approach using local women has proven extremely successful across Telangana.
Operation PeaceMaker provides free counselling to survivors of abuse and their families. We provide counselling to the victim, the perpetrator as well as extended family in order to not just end the abuse, but break the cycle entirely. Couples and families who have found peace in their homes become advocates for change for their communities.
Lack of knowledge of legal rights is one of the main reasons that abuse is able to persist. We provide rights education to our clients, so they know what recourse is available. Should our clients need and want legal action, our team is able to provide free legal support.
PeaceMakers are the heart and soul of Operation PeaceMaker's work. A PeaceMaker is a local woman trained and hired to work within her own community providing in-field support to survivors of abuse. She goes door to door educating women on their rights and protections from abuse and help prevent abuse by running awareness workshops for whole communities and schools.
Meet Madhuri and Martin
After 14 years of abuse, Madhuri decided she needed to take action. With help of an Operation PeaceMaker counsellor she and her husband Martin began working together to find peace.
When Shravani met a PeaceMaker she had already purchased poison to take her own life. From the day of her marriage she faced mental torment and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. “After 9 years of hopelessness I have been given a new beginning” says Shravani.
When Teyaba moved to her husband’s family home she was cut off from her own family and faced beatings and Teyaba has one message for others facing abuse and violence in the home: “The very first time abuse happens, get help. GO and find someone who can help you, guide you, and get you out of it. Don’t wait!”
We must say “no” to violence against women and girls on Human Rights Day…and every day. The global community must recommit to a pathway of action, a pathway that involves policies, programs and resources to achieve progress as a society.