Project Title

‘Strengthening Private Shelters and Reintegration of Bio-cycle Rehabilitation Services Methodology & Systems for the Survivors of Acid Violence’

Donor Agency



Lead Organization

Gender Equity Program (GEP)

Aurat Foundation, Pakistan


Implementing Partners

Acid Survivors Foundation, Pakistan


Project Timeframe

January 2016 – March 2017


Project Budget (In $)

USD $ 198,883/-


Project Background

Acid violence is a brutal form of violence mostly against women and girls. Acid attacks cause immediate disfigurement, long-lasting medical complications, pain, social ostracism, and psychological damage for victims. The most common reasons for attacks might be women rejecting love, marriage or sex proposals, dowry-related and other marital disputes, land or property disputes. While acid and burns violence is not restricted to a geographical region, attacks are most common in South Asia, where there is the cheap and easy availability of acid. 80% of known acid attack victims are female and almost 70% are under 18 years of age. The program addresses these issues in Nepal and Pakistan in collaboration with the Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan and Burns Violence Survivors Nepal.


Project Objectives

This project aims to capitalize upon and complement the ASF Pakistan grant in GEP-Cycle 6, to provide the necessary support and services to the survivors of Acid & Burn Violence in order to counter acid and burn violence – as well as some particular forms of honor crimes such as nose cutting, that result in heavy disfigurement – by:

  • Strengthening local capacities to respondto and prevent acid and burn violence and honor crimes that result in heavy disfigurement through
    • enhancing synergies (among HUB partners) to identify, reach out and refer acid and burn victims/honor crimes victims to provide needed tailor-made support preferably within the time frame of the golden hours[1]
    • facilitating access to medical care and providing customized bio-cycle rehabilitation services to acid and burn victims/honor crimes victims
    • enabling acid and burn/honor crimes victims to become autonomous, proactive, self-fulfilled citizens aware of/exercising their fundamental rights.


  • Strengthening local capacities (especially but not exclusively HUB partners’) to respond to and prevent other forms of GBV through
    • Developing and providing Para-counseling Training and Art Therapy for Crisis Management at Crisis Centers dealing with victims of GBV.
    • Sharing knowledge on community counseling with other caregivers-HUB partners
    • Sharing knowledge on how to address acid and burn violence as well as honor crime taking into consideration the pre-existing cycle of GBV that acid burn victims usually face prior to the attack and keeping in view the place of acid burn violence/honor crime within the wider context of GBV.


  • Capitalizing on lessons learned, achievements and successes through
    • Consistent improvement of internal systems and functions of the NCRU/Shelter to support the methodology implemented.
    • Internal monitoring and evaluating of the service delivery and outreach to the survivors and their community.


Project Activities:

 Up-gradation/ Improvement in NCRU (ASF Shelter ) Facility

Up-gradation of shelter rooms (male ward, female ward and child friendly area), Up-gradation of security facilities (day and night security guard)& Shelter equipment to aid/enhance the services delivery system and mechanism.


Bio-Cycle Rehabilitation (Survivor Support and Empowerment)

  • Medical aid to survivors; consisting of surgeries, assessments and associated procedures such as provision of medicines; provision of physiotherapy, nutritional packages and transportation.
  • Psychological support through services of a psychotherapist, psychologist, and psychiatrist as well as para-counseling by NCRU nurses/staff.
  • Legal support to survivors; consisting of assistance in registering FIRs, provision of legal advice, support for legal proceedings, and legal follow-ups and interventions.
  • Socio-economic support; consisting of skills and needs assessment of the survivors, followed by training of survivors on basic business and financial skills. Following this, customized economic rehab plans redeveloped and implemented (vocational/skill training, job placement or facilitation of self-entrepreneurship, whichever option is best suited to the needs of the survivors).


Imparting Para-Counseling Methodology to Benazir Bhutto Crisis Center

Part of the grant will involve Para-counseling Training to be provided by ASF to the ‘Benazir Bhutto Crisis Center’ for GBV victims, which would be used as a pilot program on which to base training models for crisis centers and shelters from across Pakistan.

  • Needs Assessment is conducted for Para-counseling Training parameters at ‘Benazir Bhutto Crisis Center’
  • Para-counseling Training sessions are designed and conducted for the ‘Benazir Bhutto Crisis Center’
  • Art Therapy is used as a tool for para-counseling; 2 art therapy TOT workshops to be conducted with the ‘Benazir Bhutto Crisis Center’
  • Art Exhibition is held, showcasing the work created by GBV victims in the art therapy workshop

Development of a Para-counseling Training manual


Project Expected Outcomes

  • A model to address acid and burn violence/honor crime as the worst forms of GBV is available for capitalization
  • 50 survivors of acid and burn violence/honor crimes are empowered and exercise their fundamental rights
  • Evidence to support advocacy and lobbying activities aiming to promote adequate policies and legal reforms to counter GBV is strengthened.
  • Local capacities, mobilization, and synergies to address GBV are enhanced

[1] Within 24 hours