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It must be incredibly lonely, feeling there is nowhere you can turn to. being terrified, but unable to confide in even your closest friends or relatives... or worse, having confided in them just to be alienated or ignored. It must feel like there is nothing you can do -- that you are trapped in a dead end situation, unable to help yourself, unable to get out. Even if the abuse was in the past, the memories remain, rising to take over your mind every time you close your eyes. It must feel like there is nobody else on earth who knows what you are going through, or cares enough to help.

That is not true. There are people who can listen, people who have been in the same situation and managed to get through. There are people who can help, ones who will work to protect you, if you would only take the first steps to let them in. You can talk about it without ever revealing your name, if you dont want to... without the fear of shame if you cannot bear your secrets being made public. There is a whole world of people who never have to know more about you than a screen name, who, as your brothers and sisters in humanity, as your siblings in Islam, who would do whatever they could to help and support you, and would keep you in their prayers.

it takes courage to talk, but what other choices are there? how many victims have spent their lives chained by misplaced feelings of guilt, fear and shame? how many more victims in the future will suffer the same lonely fate, unless the victims of today find the courage to speak out and inspire them not to give in?

This is your jihad, and though we can't make the stance for you, the hearts of all the believers on the face of the earth, the heart of your Imam (aj) and the love of God will be with you, every step of the way.

You owe it to yourself to face this, and not to let it rule you for the rest of your life.



THE SAMARITANS: any problem, anonymous support. They’re there to listen.

Email: jo@samaritans.org

telephone: 08457 90 90 90 (local call cost, UK), 1850 60 90 90 (local call cost, ROI)

website: http://www.samaritans.org.uk/

http://www.befrienders.org/ (international phone support contact details)

NAPAC: The National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Read stories of survivors and other victims of abuse, get help or support anonymously online, find support groups or counselling near you (for users in the UK), resources and legal advice for victims.

Email: http://www.napac.org.uk/contact/ (by online form)

telephone: 0800 05 3330 (support helpline, free to callers in UK)

website: www.napac.org.uk

NSPCC: The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Aim to stop child abuse completely, and help victims lead normal lives. Contact numbers and information for victims, parents, carers or concerned friends.

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk (mainly for help or advice about protection of children)

telephone: 0800 1111 (Childline: for abused children, generally 16 or under, in the UK)

0808 800 5000 – for anyone concerned about a child’s welfare in the UK

0800 096 7719 – asian helpline for abused children, concerned adults or parents, carers or relatives (English, free to UK callers). Also available in Bengali/ Sylheti, Gujerati, Hindi, Urdu or Punjabi – see https://www.nspcc.org.uk/nspcc/helpline?act...mp;view=hlasian

websites: www.nspcc.org.uk ,

http://www.donthideit.com/ for real life stories, help and advice, and a messageboard, aimed at young people over 11 a.k.a “there4me.com”, confidential online advice for teenagers, with online message boards and chat with counsellors

WOMENS AID: support for sufferers of domestic violence, both women and children. Counselling, help and information including a “survivors handbook”.

Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk

telephone: 0800 2000 247 – 24 hour national domestic violence support hotline (UK)

website: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/

http://www.thehideout.org.uk/ support for children suffering or witnessing domestic abuse

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/landing_page.a...001000100080004 for information in several other languages

VICTIM SUPPORT: Helping people cope with the effects of crime. Free and confidential support and information.

Email: contact@victimsupport.org.uk

Website: http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

RASASC: Rape and sexual abuse support centre. Telephone support service for women who have been raped or sexually abused.

telephone: Helpline 020 8683 3300 / Counselling 020 8683 3311

website: http://www.rasasc.org.uk/

SURVIVORS UK: Helpline and support for men who have been sexually assaulted.

telephone: 020 7357 6677

website: http://www.survivorsuk.co.uk/

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To the moderator: Can you please pin this at the top?

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence in your home, you are not alone. Even though most domestic violence occurs behind closed doors, it is common and probably affects people you know.

The following is a list of domestic violence organizations that focus on South Asian and/or Muslim women. If there is no organization in the area you live in, there are other local organizations that can help you.

If there is an emergency, please contact 911 immediately.


AshaKiran, A Ray of Hope

P.O Box 12311.

Huntsville, AL 35815

Phone: 256-698-4446; Ashaline (Hope line): 256-509-1882

Email: asha117@gmail.com

Website: www.ashakiran.com


ASAFSF, Arizona South Asians for Safe Families

P.O. Box 2748, Scottsdale, AZ 2748

Phone: 877-723-3711

E-mail: info@asafsf.org

Website: www.asafsf.org



41835 Albrae St.,

Fremont, CA 94538

Phone: 510-657-1245 and 1246 (office), 1-800-313-ASRA (hotline)

E-mail: asraa1@aol.com

Website: www.sawnet.org/orgns/aasra.html


234 E. Gish Rd, Suite 200,

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408-436-8398 (office); 888-862-4874 (crisis)

E-mail: maitri@maitri.org, staff@maitri.org

Website: www.maitri.org


PO Box 14014, Berkeley, CA 94712

Phone: 510-444-6068

E-Mail: narika@narika.org

Website: www.narika.org


17918 S. Pioneer Blvd Suite 204, Artesia, CA 90701

Phone: 562-402-4132 (office), 1-888-724-2722 (hotline)


South Asian Network

18173 S Pioneer Blvd, Suite 1, 2nd floor Artesia, CA 90701

3465 West 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005

Phone: 213-480-9632; 1-800-281-8111 (Helpline);

E-Mail: saninfo@southasiannetwork.org

Website: www.southasiannetwork.org



P.O. Box 271650, W.

Hartford CT 06127-1650

Phone: 1-800-58-SNEHA (hotline for CT only), 860.658.4615

E-mail: sneha@sneha.org

Website: www.sneha.org


No More Tears (NMT) Project

1234 S. Dixie Hwy #332

Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305-439-4685

SAHARA of South Florida

10290 NE Second Avenue. Miami Shores, FL 33138

Helpline 1-866-567-7635

Email: info.at.saharafl@gmail.com

Website: www.saharafl.org



PO Box 12337, Atlanta, GA 30355

Phone: 404-876-0670 (office); 404-842-0725; Fax: 404-876-4525

E-mail: raksha@raksha.com

Website: www.raksha.org


Apna Ghar

4753 North Broadway, Suite 632, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: 773-334-0173, 773-334-4663 (crisis), 1800-717-0757

E-mail: info@apnaghar.org

Website: www.apnaghar.org

Hamdard Center

228 E. Lake St. Suite 300,

Addison IL 60101

Phone: 630.835.1432/ 630-860-9122; Fax: 630-835-1433

E-Mail: admin@hamdardcenter.org

Website: www.hamdardcenter.org


ASHA - Asian (Women’s) Self-Help Association

PO Box 2084, Rockville, MD 20847-2084

Phone: 202-207-1248

E-mail: coordinator@ashaforwomen.org

Website: www.ashaforwomen.org

Counselors Helping Asian Indians (CHAI)

4517 Redleaf Court,

Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone: 410-461-1634 Ext. 2

E-Mail: raziakosi@chaicounselors.org

Website: www.chaicounselors.org



PO Box 1345,

Burlington, MA 01803

Phone: 1-866-4SAHELI

E-Mail: ushavakil@aol.com

Website: www.saheliboston.org

Asian Task Force

P.O. Box 120108

Boston, MA 02112

Hotline: 617.338.2355

Office Telephone: 617.338.2350


Michigan Asian Indian Family Center

32401 West 8 Mile Rd,

Livonia, MI 48152

Phone: 248-477-4985 (office), 1-888-664-8624 (hotline)

Email: info@maifs.org

Website: www.maifs.org


Asian Women United of Minnesota

24 hour hotline: 651-646-22261



PO Box 3103,

New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Phone: 732-435-1414

E-Mail: manavi@manavi.org

Website: www.manavi.org


Islamic Center of Long Island, Domestic Harmony Project

835 Brush Hollow Road,

Westbury, NY 11590

Phone: 516-333-3495

Email: 1icli@optonline.net

Website: www.icliny.org

Sakhi for South Asian Women

PO Box 20208, Greeley Square Station, New York, NY 10001-0006

Phone: 212-714-9153; Helpline No.: 212-868-6741

E-mail: contactus@sakhi.org

Website: www.sakhi.org

SAATHI of Rochester

P.O. Box #92

East Rochester, NY 14445-9998

Phone- 585-234-1050

E-Mail: saathi_rochester@yahoo.com

Website: www.saathiofrochester.org

Turning Point for Women and Families, New York

Tel: 718 883 9400

Email: info@turningpoint-ny.org



PO Box 3513, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3513

E-Mail: kiraninc@hotmail.com


ASHA – Ray of Hope

583 Franklin Ave,

Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-326-2121

E-Mail: asha_rayofhope@sbc.global.net

Website: www.asharayofhope.org


South Asian Women’s Empowerment & Resources Alliance (SAWERA)

P.O. Box 91242,

Portland, OR 97291-0242

Phone: 503-641-2425; Help line: 503-778-7386

Email: sawera@sawera.org

Website: www.sawera.org


Service and Education for Women against Abuse (SEWAA)

PO Box 1591,

Havertown, PA 19083

Phone: 215-62-SEWAA

E-Mail: sewaa@sewaa.net

Website: www.sewaa.net


Asians Against Domestic Abuse

PO Box 420776. Houston, Texas 77242 – 0776

Hotline: 713-339-8300,

Email: info@addainc.org

Website: www.aadainc.org


P.O. Box 832802,

Richardson, TX 75083

Phone: 1-866-410-5565

Email: chetna_dfw@yahoo.com

Website: www.chetna-dfw.org


P.O. Box 571774,

Houston, TX 77257

Phone: 713-981-7645 (work), 713-981-7645 (helpline)

Email: manager_daya@yahoo.com

Website: www.dayahouston.org


PO Box 3665, 1806 S. 5th Street, Austin, TX 78764

Phone: 512-703-8745

E-mail: saheli@saheli-austin.org

Website: www.saheli-austin.org

Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation

P.O. Box 831419

Richardson, TX 75083

Phone: 972-880-4192




Please see details under Maryland


Please see details under Maryland

Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)

202 464 4477


Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (LRC)

202 367 3099

District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence



703 437 1375




P.O. Box 22291, Seattle, WA 98122

Phone: 206-568-7576 (office); 206-325-0325 (hotline)

1-877-922-4292 (toll free)

E-mail: chaya@chaya.org

Website: www.chayaseattle.org

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Where to turn for help for domestic violence or abuse

In an emergency:

Call 911 or your country’s emergency service number if you need immediate assistance or have already been hurt.

Helplines for advice and support:

In the US: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).

UK: call Women’s Aid at 0808 2000 247.

Australia: call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732.

Worldwide: visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines, shelters, and crisis centers.

For a safe place to stay:

In the US: visit Womenslaw.org for a state-by-state directory of domestic violence shelters in the U.S.

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Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 
Provides parents and teachers with resources, training, and support to help prevent child abuse. 1-800-422-4453

Children of the Night 
Children of the Night helps support child prostitutes with a 24/7 hotline, and a home featuring school and college help. 1-800-551-1300

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Helps track and recover missing or abducted children and help families find low-cost legal help for related services.

National Children's Advocacy Center 
Provides information and training for Parents, kids, and professionals in order to prevent child abuse.

National Children's Alliance: CAC database http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org 
Empowers local communities to advocate for child victims and fight against child abuse via membership

Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct & Exploitation http://www.sesamenet.org/ 
Resources and information for survivors of educator sexual abuse and prevention.

Survivor Network of Those Abused by Priests 
SNAP provides resources, support and information on how to prevent and advocate child sex abuse by religious leaders.

Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids 
TAALK provides online support to survivors of childhood sexual assault, as well as information for parents, children, and professionals who work with them.

YesICan http://www.yesican.org/ 
Dedicated to providing online information, statistics and training for non-violent parenting skills.

Survivor Network of Those Abused by Priests 
SNAP provides resources, support and information on how to prevent and advocate child sex abuse by religious leaders.

Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids https://www.taalk.org/ 
TAALK provides online support to survivors of childhood sexual assault, as well as information for parents, children, and professionals who work with them.

Dedicated to providing online information, statistics and training for non-violent parenting skills.

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