They will be posted on the NIMHANS website and people may chip in with their suggestions

Realising the importance of providing psychological support to survivors of violence and abuse at home and outside, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) has released two draft toolkits for psychological assessment and interventions for women survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The kits, released on Tuesday by NIMHANS director P. Satishchandra, were developed by Veena A. Satyanarayana, assistant professor in Clinical Psychology, and Prabha S. Chandra, professor in Psychiatry.

Other stakeholders

Dr. Satishchandra said the kits had been developed for the Department of Health Research, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, following several consultations with major stakeholders. Meant to be used by health workers in hospitals across the country, they aim to provide uniform guidelines to conduct relevant mental health assessment and provide simple mental health interventions to women survivors of partner violence and sexual assault.

The toolkits will be posted on the NIMHANS website soon and interested people may make their suggestions within a month. “We will try and incorporate them in the final version of the kits,” he said, and added that trained personnel could take it forward.

‘Simple and easy to use’

Dr. Chandra said, “These are simple and easy to use kits and will be a handy reference for healthcare workers in their work with women survivors of partner violence and sexual assault.”

They can be used by doctors, nurses and counsellors at the initial contact when a woman seeks help after experiencing violence in any form. The kits, however, focus only on psychological consequences and support for women survivors and not medical examination, she added.