How Search helped connect people in need to a 24/7 hotline
Created on November 12, 2023 at 10:24 am
Tags: , 247, connect, crisis, domestic, feel, helped, hotline, india, line, need, prevention, search, sexual, survivors, thanks, violence
When I set out to create the Aks Foundation, the vision was simple: a safe space for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to be heard without being judged, to make their own choices and feel validated. At the time, there weren’t any 24/7 crisis hotline numbers in India — and I knew that needed to change. And thanks to a partnership with Google , our helpline is reaching people across the country.
Back when I was studying to get my masters in the U.S., I worked with a crisis center for domestic violence and sexual abuse. There, I learned about what kind of counseling survivors could really benefit from and when I returned to India , I wanted to bring that same model back home. Four years later , thanks to a team of truly incredible hardworking passionate people, the Aks Crisis Intervention and Prevention Plan was born.
Akshas a 24/7 crisis line, a legal line for assistance and community education programs for prevention purposes. Unfortunately, survivors of abuse are often silenced and face isolation from society. Having the resources to feel supported and empowered to make choices for oneself can make a world of difference for an individual.