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Training, Education, & Technical Assistance

Training in Violence against Women in South Asian Cultural Contexts


Manavi has been a pioneer in developing and offering training to organizations and institutions that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. As the South Asian population surges exponentially in the U.S., most mainstream advocacy organizations, and immiaarohan_2grant resource centers are witnessing significant rises in South Asian help-seekers. To provide effective services to the victims, these agencies seek to develop competency in South Asian cultural issues involved in domestic and sexual violence. The goal of Manavi’s training project is to enhance and widen service provision capacities of South Asian Women’s Organizations (SAWOs) and mainstream agencies through training and technical assistance, so that they may competently attend to the needs of South Asian victims.

Manavi provides varied trainings in issues of violence against women in South Asian cultural contexts. The trainings extend in length from 3 hours to 2 days on issues such as:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Transnational abandonment
  • Trafficking
  • Forced marriage
  • Coerced reproduction
  • Creating culture specific shelters
  • Others

Manavi provides these trainings to SAWOs, mainstream service providing agencies, Domestic Violence Response teams (DVRT), Sexual Assault Response teams (SART), and governmental entities such as the police, courts, Prosecutor’s offices, and child protection services, etc. In addition, Manavi provides technical assistance to SAWOs and mainstream organizations in service provision, advocacy, organizational problem solving, and various other issues.

Each year, Manavi staff members and volunteers speak at various conferences, meetings, and public rallies on issues and concerns relating to violence against South Asian women.

If you are an organization that has faced challenges in serving South Asian victims of violence, Manavi can be a helpful resource to you. If you are interested in understanding South Asian family and cultural issues in violence against women and enhance your skills to better serve South Asian survivors, please contact Manavi at: or call: 732-435-1414.