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DAYA AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 101

Societal attitudes continue to treat domestic and sexual violence as a private matter to be kept behind closed doors.

 

This approach is not working. 

FACTDomestic Violence is a Public Health Crisis for our community.

Globally, 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence across all communities.

Harris County leads Texas in number of deaths due to domestic violence. 

FACTSouth Asian survivors face additional unique challenges and barriers, causing their risks to multiply:
  • Limited English proficiency

  • Threats of deportation 

  • Loss of control over one’s immigration status 

  • Lack of knowledge about victims' rights

  • Limited eligibility for and access to appropriate social services and benefits

  • Isolation from friends, family, and faith communities

  • Societal taboos

FACT: Mainstream danger assessments are not sufficiently capturing these barriers; as a result, risks for South Asian survivors are under-reported and underestimated.
Solutions

 

DAYA SUPPORTS SURVIVORS

  • Crisis intervention 

  • Long-term, holistic case management

  • Long-term mental health treatments in a variety of South Asian languages

  • Assistance with safety planning, protective orders, police reports, and public benefits 

  • Legal consultation and representation for family and immigration law

  • Court Accompaniment 

  • Rental Assistance 

  • Financial assistance for: legal services, transportation, childcare, and education

DAYA STRENGTHENS THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY

  • Confidential direct services to survivors of violence

  • Prevention-focused training programs

  • Start the Conversation event series to confront the issues, challenges, and complex taboos that affect us

  • Awareness presentations & education on domestic violence

DAYA COLLABORATES WITH PARTNERS TO ENSURE SOUTH ASIAN SURVIVOR EXPERIENCES ARE HEARD AND THAT HOUSTON'S SOCIAL SERVICES NETWORK IS CULTURALLY SENSITIVE

  • Shelters across the Greater Houston Area

  • Law Enforcement

  • Attorneys

  • Legal Agencies

  • DA’s offices and Judges

  • Faith Communities

  • Other social service providers

At Daya, we fill a gap in social services for South Asian survivors.  We do this work to hold abusers accountable and create safe, healthy communities. 

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