Resettlement Policy and Practical Guidelines to Assist Women in Shelter Homes (2012)

There is a strong need to concentrate on resettlement and rehabilitation initiatives for women survivors of gender based violence. Shelter homes emerge as one of the main duty bearers for taking resettlement initiatives for such women as most often victims seek refuge in shelters. These policy guidelines have been developed by Dastak with a view to assist shelter homes staff to create suitable care and rehabilitation plans for resident women. These guidelines have been prepared in recognition of the fact that in majority shelter homes in Pakistan, movement of the residents is fairly restricted. Standardized guidelines have been developed which hold relevance and are applicable to all shelter homes with or without freedom of movement.

Manual on Counseling and Mediation (Guidelines for Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement displaced as a result of Gender Based Violence) (2012)

Dastak Charitable Trust has created mediation and counseling guidelines for the staff of both private and government run shelter homes, crises centers, and other professionals who directly assist women suffering from hardships and tribulations. While most women protection agencies are using mediation and counseling as strategies to address the needs of women who have been displaced due to gender based violence, they seldom possess complete knowledge of how to make effective interventions. This manual has been prepared with a view to address this gap by providing a holistic and comprehensive set of guidelines that help women transition from a state of distress to relief.

Please email us if you require a copy of the Manual and we will post it to you.

Compilation of Case Law on the Juvenile Justice Ordinance 2000

Juvenile Justice Ordinance 2000 is the only federal law promulgated in Pakistan for the protection of the rights of children involved in criminal justice process. The law prohibits awarding death sentence to juveniles, provides for special criteria to be applied in deciding bail for juveniles, establishes separate juvenile courts for their trials and creates Borstal Institutions for the reform and rehabilitation of convicted juveniles.

In order to provide easy access to cases decided under JJSO and to promote the general understanding of the law. Child Rights Unit has compiled the superior court judgments on cases under the Juvenile Justice Ordinance 2000 till 2010. This law digest will serve as ready source of information for lawyers providing legal assistance to children in prisons and for activists engaged in advocacy on issues of juvenile justice. It can also be useful reference material for students and law academia.

CRU will be releasing an updated version of the law digest very soon.


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