20th April, 2019

Swadhar Greh


  • Swadhar Greh is a centrally sponsored scheme under the Ministry of Women and Child Development for women in difficult circumstances. The scheme came into effect on January 1, 2016 after the merger of two earlier schemes viz. Swadhar and Short Stay Home.
  • The scheme provides temporary residential accommodation for women victims of unfortunate conditions including provision of food, clothing and medical facilities.
  • It also offers rehabilitation through vocational training and skill up-gradation trainings for their economic independence, counseling, awareness generations and behavioral trainings, legal aid and guidance.
  • Under the scheme, Swadhar Greh will be set up in every district with a capacity of 30 women.


The scheme benefits the following categories of women above 18 years:

  • Women who are deserted and are without any social and economic support;
  • Women survivors of natural calamities who have become homeless and are without any social and economic support;
  • Women prisoners released from jail and who have no family, social and economic support;
  • Women victims of domestic violence, family tension or discord, who are made to leave their homes without any means of subsistence and without any special protection from exploitation and/or facing litigation on account of marital dispute; and
  • Trafficked women/girls rescued or escaped from brothels or other exploitative places and HIV/AIDS affected women who do not have any economic or social support.


  •  Women affected by violence can stay up to one year.
  • Women from other eligible categories can stay up to a maximum of 3 years
  • Older women above 55 years can stay up to 5 years in Swadhar Greh facilities. Girls up to 18 years and boys up to 8 years can stay with their mother victims.
  • Women victims of unfortunate circumstances will get institutional support for relief and rehabilitation so that they can lead a life of dignity and conviction. They are rehabilitated in the Swadhar Greh to become financially independent and recuperate from their emotional and physical suffering.
  • They also receive legal aid and guidance to enable them to reintegrate into their family and society.  At present, there are 551 Swadhar Greh Homes with 16,530 beneficiaries.

Documents Required

Documents required under the scheme are Identity Proof (Voter ID), Address Proof and Aadhar Card.

How to Apply

  • A woman victim can dial 1091 toll free number, contact representatives from Swadhar Greh, any NGOs or visit a police station to avail the scheme.
  • Once she arrives at the Swadhar Greh facility, a counselor will develop a case file by interviewing her regarding her social background and the cause of her distress and victimhood in order to identify the type of rehabilitative services she requires.
  • She will then be registered with personal details such as name, age, address, details of children, description of distress and source of reference.
  • The information gathered about the woman victim will be sent to the nearest police station within 24 hours and acknowledgement copy of FIR should be kept.
  • Every beneficiary will be provided with Photo ID Card and provision for obtaining Aadhaar Card will be arranged if she does not have one.
  • Medical check-up will be arranged within 3 days of her admission.

Relevant Link

You can find the detailed information at:

Contact Information

Ministry of Women & Child Development,

Shastri Bhawan,

New Delhi-110001


Contact Details

Ms. Nandita Mishra

(Economic Advisor)

nandita.mishra@nic.in /


Ms. Pushpa Bist

(Deputy Secretary)

pushpa.bisht@nic.in /


Shri Rajesh Kumar

(Under Secretary)

rajesh.kr64@nic.in /



Contact details of officials working under the Ministry of Women & Child Development can be accessed at http://wcd.nic.in/about-us/whos-who.