Awareness is the first step towards identifying and preventing domestic violence. Remember, it is against the law to hit or abuse another person - and domestic violence includes mental, emotional, verbal or physical abuse such as constant demeaning and humiliating remarks, threats, slapping, kicking, choking, destroying property, economic deprivation, forced sexual activity, isolation and starvation.

You can help by:

  • Educating the victim that domestic violence is never his/ her fault
  • Guiding the victim to make informed choices to protect herself/ himself and the children. Research indicates that children who live with domestic violence are more likely to become abusers or victims themselves
  • Joining PCVC's regular volunteer programs to support, encourage and rehabilitate victims. Volunteer opportunities range from manning hot lines and supporting clients, to assisting with administrative tasks, to helping with fund raising or community education events
  • Taking up internships at PCVC during the summer or school year. Those who volunteer can do so throughout the year, and can commit any amount of time they feel is appropriate.
  • Donating for the cause - as your generosity and goodwill go a long way in keeping PCVC vibrant and strong
  • Contributing to help a family today - your initiative to help a woman and her children find safety, security, and humanity in their lives and in their homes. As often, the woman is trapped in an abusive relationship by economics. She may have legal or practical impediments to obtaining employment or legal assistance, and may be unable to support her children and herself. You can help PCVC help a family get out of this crisis. Make a tax-deductible donation and make a difference to the way women and children live in the months and years to come
PCVC is also involved in:
  • Providing timely and accurate information on domestic violence to community religious groups, schools, universities and social service agencies through flyers, presentations and public service announcements
  • Networking with the police, courts, health care agencies, social service agencies, prisons and neighborhood organizations which provide services to victims of family violence
Corporate Involvement
To be productive members of the workforce of today, adults have to be violence free individuals with 'healthy relationships'. For businesses, an investment in educating employees on 'healthy relationships' (violence free) can have a significant impact on their workforce.

DV free: A Corporate management initiative to address domestic violence
DV free is a comprehensive and compassionate workplace initiative that combines international best practices with local input to tackle domestic violence so as to have a productive and socially responsible workplace.

  • Develop policies and procedures
  • Awareness training
  • Response team development and training
  • Intervention Services
  • Communication package
We Can Tamilnadu
In order to build a strong base of alliances for the We Can End Violence Against Women South Asia Campaign, we have developed a range of sponsorship opportunities and corporate responsibility programs. Contact us at

Building an alliance gives access to PCVC's programs that increase public awareness and community education and educational materials and resources.

Corporate Sponsors
Options for raising corporate visibility through PCVC's programs include, sponsoring events, education for children through our 'Nam Kudumbam' program at the Choolaimedu slum, advertisement on the website, and educational television ads.

If you want to volunteer your service at PCVC, please send a CV to

 Did you Know?
Between 3 and 4 million women are battered each year, 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female
(American Institute on Domestic Violence)
Women age 20 - 34 endure the highest rates of domestic violence
(American Institute on Domestic Violence)
Almost 6 times as many women victimized by intimates (18%) as those victimized by strangers (3%) did not report their violent victimization to police because they feared reprisal from the offender
(Ronet Bachman Ph.D., U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Violence Against Women: A National Crime Victimization Survey Report," January 1994.)
Around the world, at least 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime
(Heise, L., Ellsberg, M. and Gottemoeller, M. Ending Violence Against Women. Population Reports, Series L, No. 11.,December 1999.)

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