We often get asked, "Why do South Asians need their own dedicated domestic violence organization?"
While the abuse itself does not manifest differently in South Asian communities, there are a number of elements of South Asian culture that complicate identification of abuse and help-seeking. These elements include the stigma of divorce, collectivism, patriarchy, joint family households, and concepts of honor/reputation ("izzat").
These challenges leave South Asian victims vulnerable to multi-pronged crises like immigration-related concerns; physical and mental health issues stemming from the abuse; financial assistance for transportation, rent, or attorney's fees; childcare assistance; translation/interpretation; job search; transitional/permanent housing; and more.
Although domestic violence is rarely talked about in South Asian communities, it is a rampant and preventable public health problem that deserves our immediate action. Domestic violence is more than just physical abuse. It is physical, mental, emotional, financial, and/or sexual abuse that occurs between people that live together, are dating, are married, or are related in some way. These forms of abuse can have serious and long-lasting impacts on the survivors, their children, and other family members.
Kiran is prepared and equipped to provide culturally and gender competent support, as well as prolonged case management to address the unique challenges faced by each client.