Tara cannot recall the first time her husband slapped, punched or threw things at her. She remembers only that it happened right after her marriage in 2003. The violence escalated gradually and even when Tara was pregnant, she was not spared - the abuse continued.
One day, Tara’s husband forced her to have sex with another man in their garage and filmed it. By threatening to show the tape to her family back home, Tara’s husband ensured her compliance and, for years, Tara did as she was told.
Tara gave birth to three children and the physical violence encircled them. Tara’s husband refused to enroll them in school. They stayed at home with their mother, isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world. Then, in the spring of 2016, her husband locked Tara and the children in the garage and refused to let them into the house. That’s when Tara called the police who put her in touch with Narika.
Narika found Tara an attorney, helped Tara with emergency housing, provided groceries and transportation, enrolled the children in school (by this time the children were 13, 9 and 5 years old), and coached Tara so she could find a job and support her family. In early 2017 Tara was granted a divorce and given custody of her three children. She is on the path to healing.
Research shows that at least 41% of South Asian women in America report experiencing domestic violence at least once in their lifetimes, compared to about 25% of women in the general United States population.
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