Psychosocial Service

The Issue

 

The percentage of women beaten in Tamil Nadu was 40.4% compared with the national average of 21%.  72% of women justified assault by their husband for various reasons, indicating a high degree of helplessness and self-deprecation. Unfortunately there are not sufficient psychological and legal counseling services to counteract these feelings of helplessness, leading to a devastating rate of suicides in the Vanur block. Suicide rates in Villupuram district in the years of 1997-98 showed that suicides in rural areas were nearly 9% of all deaths.These rates were five times the national average and were even worse for females aged 15-24 years where 48.9% of deaths were from suicides. Amongst AVAG’s beneficiaries an average of five women each year commit suicide, with just as many unsuccessful attempts.

We aim   to protect and support the  emotional, mental, spiritual,  and physical health of all individuals,  so that they may best participate in their   own self-­empowerment, and in the betterment of  the community.

We provide unconditional  emotional, psychological, and mental support to individuals  and access to counsel for victims of human rights abuses.

In addition a series of Energy healing workshops,Addiction  Awareness, Self-­Analysis workshops were conducted to train the AVAG staff and Federation members in healing practices.

Some months ago, my daughter’s husband died because of alcohol. Before that happened, he drank every day. For 10 years, my daughter had to cope with this situation. Sometimes, her husband didn’t go to work because he was drunk. And when he earned money, he wanted to spend all of it for drinking and my daughter hed to begg him to give some for the household. Now she and her 2 children live in my house. But because she is a widdow, there is always a money problem. Sometimes I see the kids in our neighbour’s house playing with a ball and I feel so sorry that we can’t buy such things for our children, it really makes me cry sometimes.

Kumuda

Rayapudupakkam

Initiatives

SOMATIC EXPERIENCE

Somatic Experiencing techniques give beneficiaries basic tools for dealing with
stress, anxiety, and even trauma. Staff and SHG leaders are trained in rudimentary principals to perform initial interventions with beneficiaries in crisis.

We partnered with Lotus Circle International, a San Francisco group to provide Somatic Experiencing trainings and counseling sessions for staff and beneficiaries.

The Lotus Circle team travels to Auroville twice a year to volunteer their expertise.

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De-Addiction Services

Alcoholism is one of the biggest threats facing our community members. It leads to violence, indebtedness, abuse of women and children, stress and trauma. We are working to alleviate the problem in our member communities.
In 2017-2018, AVAG held 4 alcoholic de-addiction awareness programmes, with 600 participants. Due to this initiative, 20 cases were identified and sent for rehabilitation services.

Counselling and Mediation

We offer counselling services to individuals who are having difficulty coping with some part of their lives. Our staff is trained in basic counselling and mediation methods, and offers these services in their trips to the villages. In addition, We help connect those in need with government services and other relevant organizations.

Story of Hope

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Before I did the Somatic Experiencing workshop, I had so much tension and worries that it made me cry sometimes. But then I learned all these techniques of harmonising my feelings like orienting, focusing on my heartbeat or the beauty of nature.

Now, when I feel that my tension is increasing I practise these things and manage to relax and come back to normal.

I am very happy to be in the self help group because only this makes it possible for me to get outside exposure and learn so many things about my body system and my own resources.

– Mangala

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