Santhwana Scheme for women victims of dowry, rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence, Karnataka

Ministry of Women and Child, Karnataka


This scheme is for women who are victims of various atrocities such as dowry, rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence etc are subjected to physical and mental torture besides having to face social & financial problems. To console these women and rehabilitate them, the scheme of “ Santhwana” was launched by Women & Child Development Department, Karnataka

The Santhwana centers are run with the help of Non-Governmental organizations(NGOs), The more preference is given to NGOs who are running short stay homes, Family Counseling Centres & to those who are actively working in the field of women welfare.


To assist women who are victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse and dowry harassment.


Women who are victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse and dowry harassment.




The benefits given to victims are as summarized as below:

  1. Santhwana centers have toll free telephone no 1091. The HelpLine receives complaints from distressed & victimized women from 6 am to 12 midnight.
  2. Arrangements are made in short stay homes for women who are in need of shelter. In places where there are no short stay homes, such women are housed in Reception centers or State Homes.
  3. Counseling services if needed are provided, by trained counselors. If legal assistance is necessary the same will be provided through Legal Services authority or through the legal aid committee functioning under the chairmanship of a District magistrate.
  4. Women who are interested in taking further education, They are provided accommodation in the working women hostels run by NGOs with financial assistance from the Women and child development Department, Karnataka.

The financial assistance of Rs 2000/- to Rs 10,000/- is given to Women.

If the victim dies, an amount ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000/ is kept as fixed deposit in a nationalized bank in the name of her child for her /his education and rehabilitation until the child becomes an adult. This amount is kept in the joint name of the child and Deputy Director, Women & Child Development Department of the Concerned District.

How To Apply

Contact to any of the following to avail the benefits under this scheme:

  • Deputy Director of Women and Child Development of the respective Districts Or
  • Child Development Project Officer (CDPO)
  • Santhwana Centre of Respective district.

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