DISHA for Victim
Victims of crime, particularly violent crime, face some unique challenges. They are thrown in a situation which most of them could never have expected. Along with physical injuries, emotional trauma, financial crisis, losses that are life-long, victims are robbed of the faith in goodness in human world.
Their recovery is complicated even more as they have to face their physical losses, inner turmoil and also fight for their right of ‘restoration’ and ‘justice’ in the legal system. Moreover in Indian Criminal Justice system, the crime is conceptualized as act against State and therefore the justice given commonly ends with acquittal or punishment to accused by State and has no correlation with loss suffered or needs of victim. The pain, plight and needs of victim remain unnoticed and unattended.
In this scenario, DISHA has taken unique initiative to work for victim restoration. DISHA works on both crime prevention and Post crime intervention in violent crimes like Homicide, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; to aware victims and various stake-holders in legal systems about ‘Victim’s Rights’, and role of different stake-holders in achieving ‘victim restoration’.