Support Service and Halfway Home
ASK’s emergency support system includes a secure home for the children and women survivors during the interim period of legal aid services. Some women and children, who are unable to go back to their families or communities due to fear of social stigma or threats, require long-term support for shelter. ASK maintains a strong network with other governmental organisations and non-governmental organisation and thus provides them with the required support in time of need.
Support seekers at ASK’s Halfway Homes receive various forms of support; such as, shelter, medical care, counselling, as well as orientation on family laws, women’s rights, and violence against women. The Home also provides basic literacy, vocational training, and recreational facilities.
Legal support is provided by the Mediation and Litigation Units. Legal help seekers can usually stay in the Halfway Home for a period of one to three months, during which time ASK arranges for a long-term shelter for them and/or refers them to other partner organisations for further support and follow-up. In case such alternative is not available, their stay at the Home is extended for up to six months or one year.
Currently the Home can provide shelter to 15 women and children.
WORKING AREA AND BENEFICIARIES
Emergency support system provides its support to all over the country but halfway home is located in Dhaka and beneficiaries are only women and children.
ASK has been running its Halfway Home in a rented house. Care givers work for 24 hours every day at the Home.