Act against Domestic Violence

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Created December 20, 2018
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·    1 in every 4 women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (Source).  Half of all female homicide victims are casualties of domestic violence. (Source)

·    5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year (Source). Children exposed to dv are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.

·    In a 2002 study of South Asian women in the Greater Boston area, 42% reported experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime.  In a 2006 study of South Asian women in the Greater Boston area, 15% reported such experience during the previous year. 
                ·    Only 3% obtained a restraining order against an abusive partner. This is substantially lower than the 33% of MA women who reported intimate partner violence in the past 5 years and obtained a restraining order.

·    Most cases of domestic violence in South Asian households are never reported to police and never spoken about to friends for fear of shame and repercussions. South Asian women who immigrated to the US are even more helpless due to language barriers, lack of knowledge of the law, its processes and their rights and protections, as well as the lack of family and friends for support and help.

Narika received over 2000 distress calls in the past year on its helpline and provided services to 165 survivors. 

Meet Tara — a survivor:
Tara cannot recall the first time her husband slapped, punched or threw things at her. She remembers only that it happened right after her marriage in 2003. The violence escalated gradually and even when Tara was pregnant, she was not spared - the abuse continued. One day, Tara’s husband forced her to have sex with another man in their garage and filmed it. By threatening to show the tape to her family back home, Tara’s husband ensured her compliance and, for years, Tara did as she was told. Tara gave birth to three children and the physical violence encircled them. Tara’s husband refused to enroll them in school. They stayed at home with their mother, isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world. Then, in the spring of 2016, her husband locked Tara and the children in the garage and refused to let them into the house. That’s when Tara called the police who put her in touch with Narika.  Narika found Tara an attorney, helped Tara with emergency housing, provided groceries and transportation, enrolled the children in school (by this time the children were 13, 9 and 5 years old), and coached Tara so she could find a job and support her family. In early 2017 Tara was granted a divorce and given custody of her three children. She is on the path to healing.
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More information about Narika: Narika was founded in 1992 by a group of immigrant women, who identified the need for domestic violence services in the local communities of the Bay Area. These women opened the doors of Narika by the use of an informal familial model of service, engaging victims as sisters rather than clients, and providing assistance in several different languages. Their initiative duly evolved into Narika, the non-profit that today proudly serves the Bay Area.

Narika's mission is to promote women's independence, economic empowerment, and well-being by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support, and education. You can learn more by visiting  https://www.narika.org.

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Raised by 1 person in 6 months
Created December 20, 2018
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