Community Education & Outreach
Daya's Education and Outreach Program aims to engage and empower communities to address the issue of domestic violence. Given that domestic violence is a social problem that requires community-based strategies, Daya is dedicated to extending our services beyond the walls of our office, transitional home and boundaries of our client services programs. Daya's Education and Outreach program provides support, education and resources to individuals, families, community advocates, professionals, task forces and religious organizations.
Educational Seminars and Trainings: Daya hosts trainings and seminars on domestic violence and other issues critical to the South Asian community. Past seminars have included topics on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Amongst South Asian Youth; Parent-Child communication; Women’s Mental Health; Incest in the South Asian community and Legal Rights. We have hosted events that increase awareness of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. E.g.: Screening of Monsoon Wedding & Namesake. Daya has also conducted trainings for mainstream organizations and State Agencies about the complexities relating to South Asian families undergoing crisis in the US.
Teen Initiative: In 2009, Daya initiated its Teen Initiative which would include outreach events with colleges and high school students to address relevant issues. We need young volunteers to take part. The volunteers will be trained through different youth services organizations.
Faith Based Initiative: As an organization that serves women of diverse religious groups, Daya works closely with religious leaders, faith communities and survivors of domestic violence to better understand the key issues for the survivors in relation to their faiths. Daya works very closely with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, local Gurwaras and Temples. Daya believes that understanding how religious organizations and communities address domestic violence is essential in providing further support for survivors and enabling a community change to end cycle of violence.
Publications: Daya publishes a quarterly e-newsletter to keep the community abreast with current issues .
Booths: As a means of reaching out to the community, Daya sets up booths at various community events.
You deserve a life free of abuse...You have the right to be safe in your own home...