Principle 1: All interventions should be survivor-centric.

Survivors are not homogeneous groups or categories of people and the experience of survival in itself looks different to different people. To respond to the unique needs of each survivor in the aftermath of gender-based violence, it is necessary to acknowledge that the survivor’s needs are a priority over a one-size-fits-all approach. Multiple identities such as ability (mental and physical, visible and non-visible), age, caste, class, color, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and other similar identity factors render survival experiences different and unique. A survivor-centred approach involves listening to victims in order to assess their individual needs and promote their rights and best interests. In the process, all those working with survivors must not make assumptions about what is best for the survivor, and should respect the survivor’s needs and choices.