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Research

Evidence-based approach

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Educate

Raise awareness

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Advocate

Introduce laws

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ASTI is a UK based not-for-profit charity. We work to end acid violence and ensure survivors live with dignity and without fear. 

Acid attacks are a vicious form of premeditated violence intending to cause long term physical and emotional suffering. 

The perpetrators’ intentions are extreme: to facially disfigure and inflict enormous physical and mental suffering to victims. Across the world, individuals unfortunately face intentional and pre-meditated assaults involving substances like Nitric, Hydrochloric, or Sulphuric Acid. These attacks may stem from domestic or land disputes, acts of revenge following rejection of a marriage proposal, or spurned advances.
 
Tragically, children are often present during these incidents, leading to their unintended exposure to harmful substances and subsequent burns. Shockingly, children themselves are sometimes the deliberate targets of such attacks.
 
Our mission is to raise awareness and support initiatives that combat this issue, working towards a world where such incidents are prevented and survivors receive the support they need.

Welcome to ASTI, where our commitment to combating acid violence is driven by a multi-faceted approach. We concentrate our efforts on awareness raising, impactful campaigns, education, and preventive measures. Our work involves conducting thorough research to inform evidence-based activities.

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Research

Explore our research, ensuring a solid, evidence-backed groundwork for all our endeavours.

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Educate

Explore our initiatives focused on educating and increasing awareness about the risks and consequences of acid violence.

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Advocate

Learn about our passionate advocacy efforts, pushing for the implementation of laws aimed at restricting access to harmful corrosive substances, ultimately preventing potential attacks. Join ASTI in our unwavering commitment to create a lasting impact.

Over two decades of preventing acid violence

Established in 2002, we've played a pivotal role in supporting local foundations across Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

At ASTI, our impactful partnerships include collaborations with the United Nations and the British Government, engaging in transformative projects spanning Pakistan, Uganda, Nepal, and Cambodia.

Our commitment to change is deeply rooted in evidence-based research, forming the bedrock of our advocacy and awareness initiatives. Through our efforts, we've contributed to legislative changes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, and the UK, resulting in a significant decline in acid violence across these nations.

Recognising our work, Thomson Reuters Foundation honored us with the Impact Award for our role in shaping UK law, specifically focusing on stringent controls over the sale of hazardous corrosive substances.

Photographer: Ann-Christine Woehrl
Acid survivor Chantheoun standing in her home

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