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Maitri is a free, confidential, nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that primarily helps families and individuals from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among others) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, or family conflict.

Are you or anyone you know in an abusive relationship? Need help?

Call +1 (888) 862 - 4874

To speak with someone, call between 9 am and 3 pm weekdays; otherwise, please leave a detailed message along with a safe phone number and safe time to reach you. Our volunteers check and respond to voice messages within 24 hours of receiving them.

If this is an emergency or you are injured, call 911 immediately. The police are there to help you.  If you cannot talk, just dial 911 and don’t hang up. The police will send help immediately.

We are here to answer your call:

  • If you are in an abusive situation – we can help you with safety planning and explain your options

  • If you have questions – we will answer them or direct you to the appropriate source

  • If you want to talk and figure out what to do – we can pair you with an individual peer counselor

  • If you are looking for legal help – we can help with restraining order paperwork, preparation for court hearings and court accompaniments, referrals to attorneys, and answers to other legal questions

  • If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English – we have volunteers who speak many South Asian languages