The Population Council, together with partners, the Centre for Catalyzing Change, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with support from UKaid, implemented the Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality) project in rural areas of Patna district in Bihar, India. The project engaged frontline workers (FLWs) to screen women for their experience of marital violence, inform them about their options in case of such an experience, and provide basic counseling and referral to women reporting the experience. Overall, the findings from the implementation of the Do Kadam program have been encouraging. They suggest that interactions between FLWs and women on violence-related issues increased significantly and that project activities could be incorporated into the regular responsibilities of FLWs. Yet, several recommendations emerge, including the need to recognize that domestic violence is both a public health concern and a violation of women’s rights, on the one hand; and to understand, on the other, the importance of incorporating screening, counseling, and referrals of women experiencing violence into the responsibilities of FLWs.
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J., K.G. Santhya, Santosh Kumar Singh, A.J. Francis Zavier, Neelanjana Pandey, Rajib Acharya, Komal Saxena, Aparajita Gogoi, Madhu Joshi, and Sandeep Ojha. 2017. "Feasibility of screening and referring women experiencing marital violence by engaging frontline workers: Evidence from rural Bihar." New Delhi: Population Council.
Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls in India