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International Foundation for Crime Prevention & Victim Care (PCVC)

Chennai, India
Joined March 2019

PCVC is a rights-based organization, based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, that creates & extends support services for women affected by domestic and interpersonal violence.

Presence in: India
Focus: Family, Gender-based violence, Health, Livelihoods, Women's Rights

The International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC) was founded in 2001 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to create and extend support services for women affected by domestic and interpersonal violence. PCVC is a rights-based organization that strongly believes in a survivor-centric approach. Women drive the process and make all decisions regarding their life with the full and unconditional support of a team of social workers, psychologists and welfare officers.


Over the years, the organization has evolved to provide both emergency support and long-term rehabilitative support to women and created a comprehensive model that takes women from a survivor to a thriver. Through our crisis intervention services, women have access to immediate information about interfacing with the police, devising safety plans, leaving abusive homes, negotiating with families, legal and medical referrals and specialized services for children.

Our long-term psycho-social and economic services help in creating a network of care for women by providing residential services for women and their children, counselling and emotional support, financial support, education, skill-building and employment opportunities that will lead to economic freedom.

We are also building a robust prevention program with our outreach efforts in schools and colleges on healthy and violence-free relationships; sexual harassment prevention and redressal in workspaces and public spaces; institutional and community programs that work on changing the attitudes and mindsets of people regarding gender and violence.

The prime focus at PCVC is to ensure that we employ a gender-just, DV-informed, trauma-informed, rights-based lens to our work and create an enabling environment for women that will facilitate more equal and just interactions with patriarchal family and societal structures and institutions, so we can all live violence-free lives.

People Associated With This Organization

Swetha Shankar

International Foundation for Crime...
Joined March 2019
Interests: Gender-based violence, Health, Livelihoods, Women's Rights
Swetha Shankar is Director – Client Services, PCVC. She has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Her thesis focused on SGBV in communal riots in India. With a concentration in gender and violence against women, she has 5 years of experience in the social development sector. Her key roles include delivery of crisis & emergency services, design & implementation of psycho-social interventions, team capacity building and embedding of feminist, client centric approach in all processes.
Swetha Shankar is the network champion (main point of contact) for International Foundation for Crime Prevention & Victim Care (PCVC).

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