BEMBALA : Support for women and children survivors of violence

The alarming rise of violence against women and children is a critical concern for Bangalore today.

Whitefield Rising in an effort to address this issue supported a new initiative “Bembala” which is striving to provide support for women and children survivors of violence and an event was hosted with the venue support of Kalaari Capital in their Whitefield premises. Twenty four participants attended this awareness-raising event and learnt about the enormity of the problem besides the complexity as a first step towards readiness for offering support to survivors.

The interactive presentation entailed a detailed explanation of the definitions of violence against women and children, the causes, forms and the efforts taken to address a response. The definitions that were provided included violence against women/children, sexual violence and intimate partner violence to inform the audience of the misconceptions that arise with these terms.

The forms of violence against women highlighted four types of violence :(1) Physical violence is any form of injury or harm done to the body and this includes hitting, kicking, beating etc. (2) controlling behavior, is any form of restriction brought to the women, for example not allowing her to go out of the house of not allowing her to seek health care. (3) Emotional abuse includes criticizing, threatening, humiliating, abusing and belittling women. (4) Sexual violence and intimate partner violence, includes forced sex and hurting her during sex. Data analysis of worldwide data to the current figures in Bangalore provided insight and evidence that worldwide, 1 in 3 women face some form of violence at some time in their life.

To explain how violence can occur throughout a women’s life, a life cycle of violence was shown that detailed the forms of violence  ‘from womb to tomb’. This included forced abortions, female infanticide, child prostitution, courtship violence, rape, dowry deaths and abuse of elder women, to name a few.

An overview of the relevant laws and policies to provide justice and protection to women and children were presented. The discussion concluded that while India and Karnataka has relevant and progressive laws and policies in place, their implementation remains a huge challenge.

Some of the reasons as to why women survivors tolerate and children do not report violence against them were discussed. These included lack of resources, isolation, shame, children, fear, low self-esteem for women and self-doubt, lack of knowledge of the abuse, fear of being harmed, not confident for children.

In conclusion, the next steps for Bembala were discussed. These include firstly, creating a referral directory of the services available for women and children survivors in Bangalore and to build awareness about this repository information. Secondly, a comprehensive training program will be conducted for interested and committed volunteers to work as support persons for women and children in distress. Once this is completed, Bembala trained volunteers will be able to walk survivors through available options about the relevant agencies in Bangalore and guide and support their follow up.  All volunteers will be trained to listen with empathy and respond in a non- judgmental manner and be able to provide timely and appropriate assistance and information to the women and children who reach out for help.

Thirdly, to explore the most suitable space to provide these services in Whitefield and potential resources to make Bembala functional.

List of resources for help       

(We are in the process of setting up a referral network and will be sharing an updated list soon.)

Child Abuse Enfold Enfold Proactive Health Trust
No. 22, 3rd Main Road, Ashwini Layout, Ejipura, Inner Ring Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru, 560047
Child abuse Srishti Nisha Byju – MD
Counseling Viveka Counseling Centre #3271, First Floor,
11th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar
Shelter and Rehabilitation for Women in Distress Vimochana 33/1-9,
4th Cross, Thyagraj Layout, Maruthi Seva Nagar PO, Bangalore, Karnataka – 560024

Counseling Makkala Sahayavani No.1, Office Of The Commissioner Of Police, Infantry Road, Bangalore – 560001 080-22943225

Counseling, Training, and Research Intervention helpline Parivarthan 1st Floor, #3310, 8th Cross, 13th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560008 080-25273462
Educating rural women and children Anchorage No.4, Haudin Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore 080-51526640
Family counseling, shelter Mahila Dakshata Samiti CA–4, 1st Main. BEL Layout,Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore 080-23641814/ 9341222585
Helpline for widowed/divorced women and senior citizens, shelter Parihaar Foundation 2992, 2nd Main, 17th Cross, BSK 2nd Stage, Off K.R. Road, Bangalore 080-41842727
Legal aid Human Rights Law Network No.20, Park Road, Tasker Town,Shivaji Nagar 080-65624757
Violence against Women AWAKE 76th B Cross Rd, Rajaji Nagar Industrial Town, Rajaji Nagar,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560023

Legal aid SICHREM 35, 1ST Floor, Anjanappa Complex, Hennur Main Road, Lingarajapuram, St. Thomas Town Post, Bangalore 560084 080-25473922
Transit shelter Mitr Sanketa Usha Kiran, Haudin Road, Ulsoor 9845445408 – Geeta Menon
Rights of domestic workers, legal Sree Jaguriti Samiti 125, 10th Main, 1st Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 9845445408
Rehabilitation center Souharda Family Counseling Centre 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 080-26556555
Support against sexual harassment at workplace SASHA No. 33, 102, Renaissance Tranquil, 7th Main, Malleshwaram, Bangalore 91-9845096503

Rehabilitate destitute, poor and abandoned children Ashraya Jawan’s Quarters, BDA Park, Double Road, Indiranagar Stage 1, Bangalore 560038 080-25251929

Violence against women and children Talaash Association Panduranga Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076 91-804122073
Support vulnerable children on the street by providing protection/ education and healthcare Vidyaranya Municipal No.34, 3rd Floor, Royal Park Apartments, Unit No.15, Next to Hotel Ramada, Park Road, Tasker Town, Bangalore 080- 22862622

Shelter, intervention helpline Freedom Foundation Children Residential Care Centre,Goldline Residency No.39, Property, No. 31/2, Rampura Cross, Bidarahalli Hobli, Bangalore East Taluk, Bangalore 080-32559895

Shelter, counseling and rehabilitation Abhaya Ashram 28, 4th Cross, Siddaiah Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore, 080-22220834

Support for children who’re physically, sexually or emotionally abused Bangalore Baptist Hospital Bellary Road, Hebbal, Bangalore 91 80 22024700
Upliftment of women and children, shelter SAKTI BSK 2nd Stage, No 18 , 2nd Cross, Teacher’s Colony 080-25497777
Violence against women Vanitha Sahayavani Police 1091 (24/7)/ 080-22943225
Child rights Child Rights Trust 4606, 6th Floor, High Point IV,
Palace Rd.,
Bangalore 560001
Vasudev Sharma
Child Welfare Committee Hombegowda Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029 Basavaraj
Counseling, home placement, education, tracing missing children, health care BOSCO BOSCO – Yuvodaya
91, ‘B’ Street, 6th Cross,
Bangalore 560009

Child labour, slum outreach, juvenile justice APSA 34, Annasandrapalya, Vimanapura, Bangalore, 560017 080-25232749

Shelter, rights of children, health care, education Navajeevana No.257, 1st Main,
Chamrajpet, Bangalore – 560 018
080- 26704420

Child care center Shishu Mandir Opposite Garden City university, Virgonagar, Hella Nagar, Padmeshwari Nagar, Battarahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560049 080-25300084

Institution for women/elderly/ Children welfare organizations Sumangali Seva Ashram Ssa, Cholanayakanahalli, Rt Nagar, Bangalore – 560032, Near Hebbal Police Station & Shrusti Apartments 080-23439190

Caring for specially enabled children Divine Light School for the Blind. #227, Whitefield Main Road,Bangalore -560066. Located near Hope Farm Circle. 91 80 28452234, ;|
To enable the disabled and bring back the joy of living Anga Karunya Kendra #15, Next to Gopala International School,Vishveshwaraiah Indl Area, Mahadevapura,Bangalore – 560 048 080-28524247, Mr. Jayaram.
Destitute Mentally ill Women Rehabilitation Abhayasram Kattamnallur, Virgonagar Post, Bangalore, Karnataka, India – 560049. from ITPL 10 kms. after safal. 9845220194, 9945518190. ;
Old age home Cheshire Home ECC Road, Whitefield & Opp to Manipal Hospital,Airport Road,Bangalore – 560 017 080 – 28451549/98455 54489 / 96115 75984,9480138784.;
Old age home Sri Sainath OldAge Home Chikkathirupathi Rd,Nr Dodda Dunnasandra Crs,Whitefield,Bangalore – 560067 98452 00476. Mr. Subanna

What is the Bangalore story

Area with high crime rates include:

  • Jayanagar
  • Ulsoor
  • Peenya Industrial Area
  • Whitefield – 2nd category

2015: More than 70% of crimes reported consisted of

  • Cruelty by husband/in-laws
  • Molestation
  • More than 8 crimes against women were reported every day













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