July 2021

Scaling up Dilaasa - How health care systems are helping women facing violence in India

Written by Anshit Baxi, Senior Research Associate & Diana Thomas, Research Associate, CEHAT

Dilaasa, which means reassurance in Hindi, is a health system practice which was developed in Mumbai designed to respond to the needs of women facing domestic and sexual violence. It grew out of a realization that large numbers of women experiencing domestic violence are reaching health systems but receive treatment for their physical complaints only. They are not even recorded as cases of domestic violence.