FACTDomestic Violence is a Public Health Crisis for our community.
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Globally, 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence across all communities.

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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.