Rebuild the Lives of Domestic Violence Survivors through Employment

By Bihar Voluntary Health Association

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Sunita, Radha and Rita are residents of Mainpura slum in Patna, Bihar. Women like them, for whom home was never a safe space, have become even more vulnerable to violence in the pandemic. The recurrent lockdowns and irregular work cycle have confined them in close quarters with their abusers and have curbed their access to safety and support. The loss of income in the family has led to more conflict and abuse.



In India, the pandemic, ensuing lockdown and the economic crisis, have led to a sharp rise in domestic violence cases. The National Commission of Women (NCW) reported a 100% spike in complaints of domestic violence, but this record surge in numbers is only the tip of the iceberg. Data indicates 86% of Indian women who face domestic violence, do not report or seek help.

INDIAdonates’ partner, Bihar Voluntary Health Association (BVHA) has identified that, whereas larger mindset intervention is required to deal with domestic violence, immediate income support will help these survivors to become self-reliant. 

BVHA will work with 30 such survivors of domestic violence from 5 urban slums of Patna. They will receive skill development training on sewing, embroidery and other skills related to making, mending and beautifying clothes to gain financial security.




BVHA will train 30 survivors of domestic violence from 5 urban slums of Patna, in sewing and embroidery. Over the course of four months, the women will attend training for four hours in a day, five days a week. The survivors will be provided with the fare or public transport to attend the training at the office of BVHA. The program intends to provide a safe space for the women survivors and empower them by giving them employable skill-sets. 

At the end of the training program, each of the women will be provided with a sewing machine to make and mend clothes from their homes. Additionally, the women will receive an intensive 5 days’ workshop on Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Book-keeping and building a small business. The goal is to enable the women to engage in income generating activities from home, since circumstances may not allow a lot of these women to step out of their homes seeking employment. Especially for the women who have separated from their abusive husbands and in-laws, running a business from home will give them an opportunity to make a living while looking after their children. BVHA will create market linkages for these women through a network of boutiques, retail clothing stores, and tailoring shops, within Patna. It is expected that the women would be able to earn a monthly income of Rs 9,000-12,000. 

Your contribution of Rs 15,730 can help a survivor of domestic violence lead a dignified life. 



Budget for 6 months- 30 beneficiaries
Sl. No. Particulars Unit Cost (INR) Number of Unit Frequency Total Cost (INR)
1 Cost of raw materials (Cloth, Thread, buttons etc) for 30 Participants 2,230 30 1 66,900
2 Honorarium of trainer 12,000 1 4 48,000
3 Honorarium of one Coordinator cum counsellor 15,000 1 6 90,000
4 Cost of Sewing Machines 6,600 30 1 1,98,000
5 Support for Travel cost of the participants (400 per month per participants) 500 30 4 60,000
7 Cost for 5 day Entrepreneurship Training for the women 9,000 1 1 9,000
  TOTAL (INR)       4,71,900
  Cost per beneficiary (INR)       15,730



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Bihar Voluntary Health Association

Bihar Voluntary Health Association (BVHA) is a registered society, registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 at Patna, Bihar. BVHA was established in 1969 by Fr. James Stuart Tong with the support of Medical Mission Sisters of Kurji Holy Family Hospital with a belief “Health - a reality for all”. The idea was to create a secular association of Charitable Health Centers, more

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