Recommendations made to Police Authorities to Provide Support to Survivors of Domestic Violence During COVID-19

One Future Collective
Posted May 18, 2020 from India

As per the news reports and statistics released by the National Commission of Women, one of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the surge in instances of domestic abuse taking place. It is true that the police are currently over-burdened, however there are a few straightforward and easy-to-implement practices that can be put to use at this time. 

Accordingly, the team at One Future Collective is making the following recommendations by which the police can continue to offer meaningful and effective assistance to survivors during the subsistence of this lockdown. 

  1. Allocate and specify teams which are responsible for patrolling around a few specific areas during the day. Preferably, once in the morning and once in the evening. 
  2. Use speakers in order to spread awareness about the illegality of domestic violence and the punishments that can be imposed in case such violence takes place. 
  3. Mandate follow-up calls with all survivors of domestic violence who have reached out to the police in the last 6-8 months
  4. Give mobility passes to protection officers within the area so that they can patrol some areas regularly. If protection officers cannot be given mobility passes, a few of the police officers are to be trained to act as ad-hoc protection officers
  5. Collaborate with organizations and volunteer groups mobilising their resources to provide rapid-relief services and permit them to travel by offering them mobility passes. 
  6. Use police vehicles as a transport facility to help survivors move out of their house to shelter homes within the vicinity
  7. In some cases, where the instance of abuse is severe and the survivor and their dependents are in danger, the police should be given the power to make interim arrests and transfer abusers to an isolated area.This can also ensure continued access of the survivor and their dependents to the matrimonial house. 
  8. Have a ready network of resources available listing out the organizations in the vicinity who are currently providing shelter or assistance to survivors of domestic violence so as to ensure that immediate assistance can be provided. 
  9. Develop and publicise a code-word to be used by survivors which when used, the person to whom this word is used can reach out to the police
  10. Set-up and publicise a helpline-number which is attended by female police officers who are trained in offering quick and suitable assistance in a trauma-informed manner. 

We are also happy to conduct a free virtual training for bystander intervention to provide support to survivors of domestic violence during the pandemic. To know more, please write to us at [email protected]

Read more about how each one of us can continue offering support to survivors during the pandemic, click here.

 

Uttanshi Agarwal is the Senior Program Officer at One Future Collective. 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
May 18
May 18

Hi One Future Collective,

Thanks for sharing these very useful suggestions for the police to help with GBV survivors, and also for offering free virtual training for bystander intervention. I hope you get some interested participants in your offer.

Beth Lacey
May 19
May 19

I agree with Jill. I hope people take you up on your offer for virtual sessions

iam_mrsfletcher
May 19
May 19

Thank you for sharing this. Great recommendations and I love the training initiative. Blessings!

Hello, One Future Collective,

You always think of commendable solutions/recommendations. We stand with you. Thank you for sharing these with us!

Please stay safe always!

Julialaishram
May 19
May 19

It would be really nice if implement properly in time to reduce domestic violence, and I hope it will implement soon with the help of Government.
Let's have positivity in our mind.

Sinyuy Geraldine
May 19
May 19

Dear One Future Collective. This is a great initiative and the recomnendations made to the police to help survivors of domestic violence during this lockdown are actually implementable. Thank you for coming up with such ideas. We hope the police will take them into considetation.

Anita Shrestha
May 19
May 19

Thank you for sharing .

Chi8629
May 20
May 20

Thank you for sharing.

Ellie E.
May 22
May 22

Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

Catherine De Freitas

One Future Collective I applaud the team for making such insightful recommendations at such a time like this. I agree with you that they are straight forward and easy to implement. Continue to make a difference. Blessings.

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 03
Jun 03

Hello one future collective . Such great recommendations. I pray some good policies to implement the recommendations can be adapted. You are doing s great job in GBV keep up.