Saturday 5 December, 2020

NGOs use tech to to help combat domestic violence

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

Local NGOs have employed technology to assist in treating with a rise in cases of domestic violence. 

According to a statement from the Spotlight Initiative, a global partnership between the United Nations and European Union, local NGOs devoted to combating violence against women and children responded by enlisting technology to provide critical support.

As counsellors could no longer meet with clients in person, technology provided an alternative to  face-to-face sessions.

Tele-counselling and tele-therapy services were created with trained professionals delivering these services through the internet, phone and video applications such as Skype.

NGOs have also expanded telemedicine services, where clients continue to receive support through this medium. The anonymity of telemedicine makes members of the public more comfortable about asking for help.

Some of the NGOs receiving assistance through the Spotlight Initiative include the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT), Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV), Rape Crisis Society (RCS) and Medical Research Foundation (MRF). 

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