Organization: Narika (in San Francisco/Bay Area, since 1992) Issue: Domestic Violence and Abuse within S. Asian community Helpline – 1-800-215-7308 Office – 510-444-6068 www.Narika.org Guests:
Manju Seal, President, Board of Directors
Atashi Chakravarty, Executive Director
Narika's mission is to promote the empowerment of women in our community to confront and overcome the cycles of domestic violence and exploitation. They work to build a movement to end violence against women and to support women's rights as human rights. Their domestic violence helpline receives over 2,000 calls per year and serves the entire Bay Area – including Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, San Mateo, San Francisco and Yuba, Sutter and Yolo counties. Narika considers women who are emotionally or physically abused in their homes and families to be victims of a larger societal violence against women. Such women may be abused by either men or women, and the violence they suffer is not the result of their class, education, race, religion, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, perceived inadequacies or other personal circumstance or characteristics. Narika's philosophy relies on incorporating the cultural affinities, the language capabilities, and the most empowering practices from both South Asian and American cultures. Their volunteers and staff offer advice, helping hands, and a sisterly ear providing the support and information women need to make their own decisions.
(Show #18, June 2009)
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