As the pioneering
initiative of Mahila Dakshata Samiti, Family Counselling is the
largest and ongoing project of the Samiti since 1978. The Family
counselling centers and Legal Aid are the mirror images of
qualitative and quantitative changes that are taking place in the
society and impact women’s lives.
Aim & Mission
mission of counselling center is to extend support to strengthen
individual and their relationships in stress with special emphasis
on the family as a basic unit of society. The center provides
dedicated professional & confidential services that are sensitive
to the specific belief system, cultural ethos and differing life
cycle needs of men, women and children. Through this support, the
Samiti enables individual men / women to make an informed choice
and thereby improve the quality of their lives.
As an ongoing activity, the Samiti engages with men / women /
children / senior citizens in need of emotional / social and legal
support. The clients are from a wide cross section of society. The
problems brought before the Samiti are varied and diverse; ranging
from domestic-violence, dowry demands and harassment, desertions,
sexual harassment at work place, marital maladjustment, and
is provided in the form of counselling, arbitration in cases of
conflicts in the family, shelter for women who have no place to go
& need shelter, psychological evaluation and assistance, legal
assistance in the form of pre-litigation services and at
litigation stages, Police-assistance where legal proceedings need
to be initiated through Police, referrals to other organizations
like Child-Welfare Committee or Legal Aid Services, National
Commission / State Commission for Women, National Human Rights
Commission and Vocational Training.
In recognitions of its services in the field of social-services,
the Govt. has appointed Mahila Dakshata Samiti as Service-Provider
in the implementation of the protection of women in Protection of
Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. Various colleges of
University send their students to gain insight and first hand
information about laws related to women, for field work &
orientation programs in counselling.
Both our centers at the
MDS Head office in Kidwai Nagar and our Branch Office at Paharganj
have two full time counselors to address the issues.