Violence against adolescents is continuously increasing; in Ayacucho, the victims don’t receive adequate, timely specialised attention

The shelter is set up for teenage mothers and girls, 12 to 18 years old, victims of sexual and/or family violence, providing them with a safe environment to stabilize their crisis situation.

All the girls are referred by the UPE, a special child protection unit or by the court. The shelter has a capacity of 18 adolescents, including 3 teenage mothers.

During their stay in the shelter, the girls are accompanied by a multidisciplinary team of health workers, teachers, social workers and psychologists, to intervene in a comprehensive manner stabilizing the emotional crisis situation, as well as to help them return to their daily activities, such as attending school and participating in recreational activities.

During the adolescent’s stay the multidisciplinary team reaches out to the family or the family support network, to work with them towards a safe context where the adolescent can return to.

After an average of two years, upon achieving emotional recovery and a safe environment, 50% of the girls return to their family environment. 50% of the girls prepare themselves for independent living, due to the lack of a safe environment.

 

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History

DIA has been working with adolescent victims of violence since 2011.

The Center for Temporary Residential Care (CAR) begins to operate in the city of Ayacucho, on June 1 2011, with the aim of providing a safe shelter for teenage girls & teenage mothers, victims of domestic and / or sexual violence. According to the statistics in 2011, the number of victims of violence was increasing, and lacking a shelter home, these victims had to return to the environment where they were attacked. Many did not have family support, since many parents are in favour of the aggressor.

Since the creation of the CAR, an average of 29 adolescents have been welcomed annually, adolescents who find in Solid a space where they can find safety and stability to enhance different skills and overcome their trauma. 

Thanks to the big help of the dutch Foundation Buitenveldert CAR Solid has build a bigger comfortable infrastructure that will favor the emotional stabilization of even more adolescents. Solid also started the first conversations with the state to see how to share costs of the shelter home, a topic that is slowly taking some space on the political agenda.