Who We Are
Narika was founded in 1992 by a group of enlightened immigrant women, who identified the need for domestic violence services in the local communities of the Bay Area. These women opened the doors of Narika by use of an informal familial model of service, engaging victims as sisters rather than clients, and providing assistance in several different languages. Their initiative duly evolved into the organized non-profit that today proudly serves the Bay Area as Narika.
Narika’s mission is to promote women’s independence and economic empowerment by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support, information, referrals, and education. A 2011 study reveals that 64% of Indian and Pakistani women have experienced abuse by an intimate partner. According to the DOJ, more than three women are murdered by husbands or boyfriends every day in the United States. Studies suggest that between 3.3 and 8 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.