Domestic violence is a preventable problem that requires immediate attention. However, there are several cultural norms that make it more difficult for South Asian victims to spot abuse and seek help. Kiran, a North Carolina-based non-profit organization, was established in 2008 to provide culturally appropriate help and broad economic, social, and community resources to South Asian victims of domestic violence, thus ending the cycle of abuse and allowing them to live without fear.
Kiran understands the unique challenges that South Asian victims of domestic violence face, such as immigration issues, physical and mental health issues related to the abuse, financial support for transportation, rent, or attorney fees, assistance finding or retaining employment, child care, translation or interpretation, access to permanent and even temporary housing, and more. To address these issues, Kiran provides long-term case management that is targeted to the individual requirements of each client, as well as culturally and gender-appropriate care.
One frequently asked question is why South Asians need their own domestic violence organization. While there is no difference in the nature of the abuse, there are several features of South Asian culture that make it more difficult to spot abuse and seek help. These social norms include collectivism, patriarchy, nuclear families, and concepts of respect and reputation (“izzat”).
Kiran is devoted to assisting individuals of all ages, including adolescents. In the Teens’ Corner, young people can discover useful information and strategies for establishing strong and secure connections. Kiran’s programs strive to instill self-assurance and independence in young people, which are essential to thriving in life.
In conclusion, Kiran is a much-needed organization that provides culturally appropriate help and broad economic, social, and community resources to South Asian victims of domestic violence. Kiran’s mission is to empower individuals to regain agency by supporting the delivery of individualized social and economic assistance, thus ending the cycle of abuse and allowing them to live without fear.
Address: 1012 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone: (919) 831-4203
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