Daya’s diverse outreach programs serve Daya’s mission with a two-pronged approach. The first is to raise awareness about the organization itself. Awareness that Daya and its services are available can help guide an individual in crisis to a place of compassion. The other piece is to educate the public and other professionals on domestic violence and in particular, how it may manifest within the South Asian Community.
With client volume at a record high in 2018, we can conclude that more people in the community are aware of Daya and outreach is likely a significant factor.
OUTREACH BY THE NUMBERS
START THE CONVERSATION EVENTS
This year’s four events addressed the topics of sexual violence, LGBTQ issues and immigration, as well as a deep dive into the life and untimely death of Maple Batalia, an 18 year old South Asian woman in Canada, who was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend. Understanding the risks and recognizing the signs is an important way we can prevent tragedies like Maple’s in the future.
Booths at South Asian festivals, health and resource fairs, and other community events. Booths provide awareness about Daya's mission and services and often serve as the first encounter the community has with the organization.
Trainings are provided for various groups including mental health/medical professionals, partner domestic violence agencies, social service organizations, faith/community leaders, and law enforcement. These trainings help these professionals gain a better understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault, cultural competency and other issues as they relate to domestic and sexual violence in the South Asian community.
HEARTS & MINDS
2,050 individuals were impacted by Daya’s Outreach programs. That means there are 2,050 new allies in the fight to end abuse. 2,050 advocates to refer survivors to Daya. 2,050 new voices demanding an end to domestic violence.