Narika’s Helpline

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Narika’s confidential, toll-free Helpline 1-800-215-7308 enables any individual who has been a victim of domestic violence to call in and speak to any one of our sensitive and knowledgeable advocates. Our helpline is a one-of-a-kind access and forum for people, particularly immigrants from the South Asian communities, to confidentially connect with advocates who not only speak their language but also provide immediate assistance in a culturally sensitive and non-judgmental manner. Narika’s advocates not only help with legal, housing, counseling, benefits and job referrals but also provide interpretation and accompaniments for our clients.

Individuals are encouraged to call in not only if they are experiencing physical or verbal abuse, but also if they are experiencing other forms of suppression such as isolation, financial abuse, mental abuse, familial pressures and anxiety.

The advocacy work at Narika is extremely thorough and we make sure all our clients believe in our mission and we work extremely hard to make them strong and unleash their true potential. Narika’s advocates believe that every individual has the right to live safely and peacefully and especially women need to be empowered and educated to do so.

Last year alone, Narika’s advocates fielded over 1500 calls and emails to our Helpline, majority of them being requests for assistance from South Asian women who were survivors of some form of domestic violence either by partners or their families. Almost 200 families were helped through our extensive network of referral services.

Narika works in close collaboration with many partners and community organizations. Their support and partnership allows us to sustain an effective advocacy program, enabling us to offer timely and appropriate help to our clients. We thank all our collaborators and hope for continued partnerships that strengthen our community, especially our women.

Our helpline staff can also be reached at 1-800-215-7308 or 1-510-444-6048.

Self-Empowerment & Economic Development (SEED) Program

SEED_image__2Our Self-Empowerment & Economic Development (SEED) program is designed to foster economic independence and self-reliance among survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and even new immigrant population that are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Our comprehensive program offers instruction on 4 core topics: ESL, financial literacy, basic computer literacy and career development training.

To create a holistic approach, these core learnings are supplemented with talks and workshops on other critical soft skills that impact self-confidence: such as yoga, hygiene, personal health, self-assertiveness, awareness of basic employee rights, self-defense, art and even grooming etiquette. Upon completion of a full SEED session, participants are in a position to think about and articulate next steps towards becoming economically and financially independent.

SEED classes are offered on a modular basis, allowing students to choose topics of learning they feel are most appropriate for their personal and professional needs.

Throughout the whole SEED session, free childcare is also provided so children can travel with their parents. Many of these children have experienced family violence as well and need to be supported, just as their mothers are healing from traumatic past.

We are in the process of expanding the SEED program to be able to offer these children trauma-informed services as well, focusing on mental health, healthy conflict resolution, and school success.

SEED sessions may be offered as a comprehensive 12-week session or as individual modules teaching financial literacy, computer literacy or career development training.

Last year alone SEED served more than 70 participants all across the East Bay area.

Please contact seed@narika.org for further information or inquiries.