The Hidden Cost of the Pandemic: Rozan is Providing Psychological Support for Gender Based Violence

DFID Pakistan Country Director Annabel Gerry on her twitter account @AnnabelGerry praised the work of the NGO, Rozan work and said, “A huge hidden cost of #COVID19 is gender-based violence in lockdown.

So far 910 women & 802 men in Flag of Pakistan have received psychosocial support so from Rozan Counselling Helpline 0304-111-1741, thanks to @DFID_UK and Rozan.”As per the Rozan provided data, total number of call received to the RCHL in the months of May is 1611 with 850 calls received by women and girls and 760 from men and boys.

The calls were received from more than 130 geographical locations from all provinces and AJK and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).Many calls were received to seek information around COVID-19 and its impacts on mental/emotional health. Other issues included family conflicts, general medical conditions, anger management, depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and sleep disturbance etc. Few calls were also received for financial support for which the referrals were provided to the callers.

Rozan Senior Manager, Syed Ali Salman told Mashable Pakistan that many women and girls called to seek support to deal with violence in their lives and a general trend which was noted in the calls received by RCHL is a significant increase in the domestic violence.“This situation is exacerbated because of unavailability and less access to support services including the formal essential services as well as the informal support from family and friends due to lockdown,” he said.

It is pertinent to note that Rozan is non-governmental organization that is providing psychosocial and referral service to men, women and children for the last 22 years.

For a better response to the psychosocial needs of the community, Rozan through its nation-wide helpline (Rozan Counseling Helpline, RCHL) is providing telephonic counseling to help men, women and children to deal with the anxiety, stress and other psychosocial problems arising from COVID-19 situation.

The special focus of Helpline is to help women and girls cope with their specific vulnerabilities in current situation and Rozan has also been building the capacity of government helplines that can further reach out to provide ethical services to Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors.

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