Violence Against Single Women: Access to Justice and Entitlements

Project Duration

2013 - 2014

Project Funder


Lead Project Partners

Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan, Society for Social Uplift Through Social Action, Himachal Pradesh; Samuel Hahnemann Associates & Research Centre (SHARC), Jharkhand; Prakriti, Maharashtra.

ICRW Project Director

Ravi Verma


This research project aims to strengthen the evidence base on single women’s experience of violence and violation of their rights, their use of relevant laws and policies in seeking justice, and the strengths and shortcomings of existing policies and programs to address their needs in India.  In the context of this research, single women consist of never married, separated, widowed and divorced women.

ICRW researchers are collecting quantitative and qualitative data from single women and service providers in three states – Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.  This information will be used to produce a fact sheet and policy brief that describe the situation and lay out policy and program recommendations for government and civil society to better meet the needs of this particularly vulnerable, yet often overloooked, group of women.