Nowhere to Run – Victims of Domestic Violence Need Our Help


At one point during the interview, Dr Prema Devaraj shakes her head in dismay and this makes me consider if the question I just asked her was off-limits. “No, no,” she clarifies. “I just don’t think that there’s enough help being offered to victims of domestic violence.”

Devaraj isn’t making a sweeping statement. As programme director of the Women’s Centre for Change (WCC), she has dealt with enough types of victims to fully understand their plight. “In cases of child sexual abuse, less than 10% of those reported to the police actually make it to court. And even then, getting a conviction is very, very difficult.”

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