Fellow Since 1996
This profile was prepared when Anuradha Kapoor was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
The support system in India for women who are victims of violence is compartmentalized and fragmented. Anuradha Kapoor identifies and completes the missing links in this system by working at two levels. First, she offers a comprehensive array of services under one roof that provide the necessary care needed by women who have walked away from violent situations in their lives. Second, she is setting up a referral service by bringing together existing organizations into a dynamic network of professional services. The objective is to maximize the use of existing resources and develop a coordinated advocacy group. Anuradha's center is the first organization of its kind to offer such an ensemble of essential services to women victims of violence. In the process of creating her network, she has helped citizens to acknowledge violence against women as a public issue and to build the necessary mechanisms to address it. In contrast to existing programs, the short-term support she offers is followed up with vocational training programs and employment opportunities, an approach that reflects Anuradha's understanding of the interrelationship between women's economic dependency and their vulnerability to violence.