If you know someone who may be a victim of such violence, encourage
them to seek help by contacting an organization dealing with domestic
violence/women's rights/other social injustice in
their city, state or country. Often, such organizations have
information about sister organizations in other areas.
It is also a good idea to get help of other S. Asian
women in your area, especially a doctor (a gynaecologist, e.g.) or a
Jagori is a women's training, documentation, communication and resource centre that was established in 1984 with the aim of carrying feminist consciousness to a wider audience using creative media. They run a counselling center and support group for women survivors of violence.
Contact: B-114, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar
NEW DELHI 110 017
Phone: 011 26691219 & 2669 1220
Helpline: 011 2669 2700 (Mon-Fri, 9.30-5.30). Email: email@example.com
Sakshi, Delhi. A Violence Intervention for Women and Children
-- works on sexual harassment, sexual assault, child sexual
abuse and domestic violence. Focuses on equality education for
judges, implementation of the 1997 Supreme Court Sexual Harassment
Guidelines, outreach and education. B-67 South Extension Part-1,
First Floor, New Delhi-110065. Tel: 4643946/4623295
Women's Rights Initiative runs a pro bono legal aid cell
for domestic violence cases and are also associated
with law reforms in the area of domestic violence.
63 / 2, First floor, Masjid road, Jungpura, New Delhi.
Ph: 4316925 / 4313904 / 432101. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Majlis, Bombay. (Flavia, Veena or Saumya) - 618 0394
SNEHA is based in Dharavi, and works to empower women and children in poor urban communities. SNEHA's Center for Vulnerable Women and Children specifically provides services (including counseling, legal assistance and community organizing) to women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Vimochana, 2124 16th B Main 1-A Cross,
HAL IInd Stage, Bangalore 560038. Phone: (city code = 80) 526 9307.
Deals with many women's issues from domestic violence to
labour issues. Activities range from counselling, service provision, education and outreach, mobilizing and organizing,
Anweshi Women's Counselling Centre, near YWCA,
Cannanore Road, Kozhikode 673 001. Run a counselling, mediation and
resource center for women facing any kind of abusive situation. If
writing to them, please enclose a self-addressed envelope with
Sachetna, 31, Mahairban Road, Calcutta.
Socio-Legal Aid Research and Training Center, P-112 Lake Terrace,
Pragatisheel Mahila Manch, 11 N. Ho Chi Minh Road, Sarania,
Calcutta 700 061.
Ashiana is an Asian
women's refuge, located in South Yorkshire, UK. Run by women who understand the
cultural background and specific needs of
Asian women, we offer advice, support and
safe accommodation to women and children
fleeing violence and abuse in the home.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline, at : 1-(800)-799-7233.
For the hearing
impaired, the TDD number is 1-800-787-3224. They will direct
you to the mainstream organization closest to you.
Violence Against Women Office, from the US Department of Justice.
This site has detailed information with hotline numbers, a domestic
awareness manual for federal employees, information about federal
legislation, grant programs, and ongoing research.
FAVNET -- the Feminists Against Violence Network. Subscribers
this mailing list include survivors of domestic violence, rape,
incest, and stalking, as well as experts, lawyers, doctors, nurses,
shelter directors and workers, rape crisis counsellors, and many
To subscribe, send email to email@example.com.
Asian American Public Policy Institute addresses issues
violence, child care, HIV and AIDS, lesbian and language issues. AAPPI
works with South Asian women's organizations across the country and
campus students. AAPPI works with local, state and Federal governments
to help pass legislation that positively impacts issues concerning
Asian Women. 4546 El Camino Real, Suite B10-129, Los Altos, CA 94022
Sneha: is an organization
for women of South Asian origin and their families. They offer a
line and provide information about support services when required.
Contact: Sneha, Inc. P.O. Box 271650 West Hartford, CT 06126-1650.
Ph: (in Connecticut) 1-800-58-SNEHA. From elsewhere: (860) 658-4615.
Fax: 860-521-1562. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center provides emergency and longterm help, including
psychological counselling and referral.
Chicago:(708) 628-9195 96 W. Moreland, Suite 10, Addison,
Asian Human Services.
provides competent and compassionate services to the Asian American
community of Chicago, including mental health counselling, health
care, advocacy, legal help for domestic violence, youth mentoring,
Saheli Boston provides
support, resources and guidance for career, health, cultural and
family growth. They also plan community-based education on domestic
violence, outreach and referral to victims of domestic violence.
A member of Manavi: (508) 427-5700 x202, (617) 497-0316
Asian Task Force against
Domestic Violence. 24-hr multilingual confidential hotline, a
90-day emergency shelter, 14-day safe home program, legal, housing,
public benefits and medical services advocacy, job training and ESL
class referrals. Hotline: (617) 338-2355
Michigan Asian Indian Family
Services (MAIFS) works in the Detroit area, and will try to arrange suitable help
for family crises due to marital problems, divorce, alcohol or drug abuse, parental, spousal or
child abuse, cultural issues, legal needs, language translators, or moral support.
Asian Women United of Minnesota provide advocacy services for
Asian battered women of all ethnic groups, 24-hour multilingual
crisis line, and community education on domestic violence.
Crisis phone line: 651-646-2261. Business phone line: 651-646-2118.
New York Asian Women's Center. Provides direct assistance to
battered women and victims of sexual assualt, through culturally
multi-lingual shelter services, individual advocacy and counseling.
24 hr hotline: (212) 732-5230
AIWA (Asian Indian Women in America): (973) 992-5210.
Formed in 1980, it works in career development, acculturation, health,
education and general welfare to aid in the growth of vibrant Asian/ South
Asian American communities.
President: Anju Bhargava, email: email@example.com
KIRAN: Domestic Violence and Crisis Services for South Asians in
KIRAN promotes the
self-reliance and empowerment of South Asians in crisis through confidential
services such as outreach, peer support and referrals free of charge. KIRAN
serves people from or with ties to South Asian countries. It is non-profit,
confidential, non-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual. Address:
Kiran, Inc., 1012 Oberlin Rd. Raleigh, NC 27605. Crisis Hotline: 1 877 NC
KIRAN (1-877-625-4726). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAWERA (South Asian
Women's Empowerment and Resource Alliance) is
a resource referral for local South Asian women in
need; it will aid victims of domestic violence and help newcomers
network with the rest of the community. It will also support and
publicise progressive grassroots women's movements in South Asian
countries. Phone:(503)-778-7386; Email address:
Chaya. P.O. Box 22291, Seattle, WA 98111.
Phone: Toll free- 1-877-922-4292 Office- 206.325.0325. Messages on the helpline will be returned within 24 hours.
Provides translation and interpretation services, referrals
to shelters, counseling, medical services, legal and
immigration services, community outreach, and training.
Reconsidered: Domestic Violence Bill. Nationwide criticism of the Indian government's domestic violence bill results in it being reconsidered. Indira Jaisingh exposes the flaws, in indiatogether.org. Jan 2006.
resources. A collection of brochures and a handbook, available in
many South Asian languages at the Manavi website.
Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence in the South Asian
American Community. An anthology edited by Sandhya Nankani. Xlibris,
Brings together the voices of community activists, scholars, artists,
and survivors to discuss the realities
and effects of domestic violence on America4s
South Asian community. Contributors to the volume
include Ananya Chatterjea, Shamita Das Dasgupta,
Prema Vora, and Sujata Warrier.
Margaret Abraham: Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital
Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United
States. Rutgers University Press, 2000. See also
friend, an article in the New York Times about Abraham and Sakhi.
by Vandana Singh in SAWF]
Whose Safety? Women of Color and the Violence of Law
by Anannya Bhattacharjee. Documents how women of color, both immigrant
and U.S-born, face violence and the abuse of
authority from law-enforcement agencies - from local police to
the prison system to INS raids. [PDF]
An article by Himani Naresh and Aparna Surendran in Club Zamana,