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DRH issued new Guidelines to give psychological help to molestation victims

Department of Health Research has drawn new norms to help psychological support to molestation victims.

Jan 9, 2014 15:58 IST
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The Department of Health Research (DHR) on 8 January 2014 issued new guidelines to extend psychological support to molestation victims. These guidelines aim to deal with the problem of secondary victimization.

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The new guidelines were drawn because of the following reasons
• Molestation Victims often suffer mental agony due to lack of support from family, friends and other institutions of the society.
• Victims are ill-informed about legal and medical options available to them.
• Loss of income, perceived insensitive attitude of Judiciary, Hospitals and Courts, further enhances trauma of the victim.
• Delay in getting justice discourages victim to share their problems and seek justice.  

The New Guidelines are
• It is now mandatory for the Counselor to inform victim about possible questions in the court and other proceedings.
• Victim should be informed about importance of medical examination, procedure.
• Doctors/Nurses/counselors should give clear, accurate information to the victim regarding her case and available options.
• Irrespective of the choice made by victim, the counselors/doctors must remain supportive and nonjudgmental.

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