SOUTH ASIAN VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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
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. Although most
of our clients are women, we serve men too. We understand that men face a separate set of challenges when
they become targets of abuse.
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.