Manavi’s mission is to end violence against women, specifically family violence and sexual abuse. However, violence by intimate partners is not the only purview of the organization since Manavi defines violence against women as attitudes, conditions, and behaviors that contribute to woman-abuse and perpetuate women’s subordination in society. Manavi adheres to the empowerment model of advocacy, leading to a work philosophy of social change and shared struggle for liberation with women who have suffered violence.
Manavi realized early that South Asian women in the United States are especially vulnerable to violence due to their cultural socialization and recent immigration. Additionally, the loss of traditional family support, lack of proficiency in English, as well as unfamiliarity with the laws and services of their adopted country keep many South Asian women captive in their abusive situations. Manavi’s objective is to reach out to these women and provide information and support during their crises. To this end, Manavi has introduced innovative intervention methods that combine advocacy practices of this country with linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate traditional techniques in a manner that offers South Asian women acceptable alternatives to living with violence.
Manavi continues to centralize women’s needs and interests in all its organizational decisions and service provision.