Maitri’s programs fill an important gap in the community for services that are culturally and linguistically tailored to mitigate barriers faced by South Asians experiencing domestic violence (DV), human trafficking, family conflict, and cultural isolation.
Our Helpline is the first point of contact for survivors. We provide culturally responsive crisis intervention, danger assessment, safety planning, immediate assistance with basic needs, peer counseling, and referrals among other essential services.
Our licensed and experienced therapists offer both individual therapy sessions and weekly support groups for survivors. This 2-pronged approach allows survivors a safe and healing space to recover from the trauma of their abuse.
Maitri engages in bringing about structural and procedural changes within the systems through policy advocacy to serve the needs of survivors better and collaborates with national, state wide and local agencies in this effort.
Outreach & Prevention
Besides helping the survivors directly, we bring awareness about domestic violence to the South Asian community by educating them about the services we offer for the survivors. We also do extensive prevention work through community education and collaborative activities and engaging men and boys, youth and elders, and faith-based communities.
Our Legal Advocacy program counsels survivors on legal options and issues related to their specific situation. Our legal services include preparing legal documents, information for navigating the legal system, attorney referrals, and court accompaniments. In addition, Maitri is Department of Justice Accredited to provide immigration assistance and representation to survivors.
We train survivors to be economically independent and financially secure through one-on-one coaching and workshops. From identifying their career and financial goals to finding a stable job and managing their money, we coach survivors through the entire process of becoming independent. When appropriate we partner with other organizations for coaching/training and job placements.
Maitri Housing program has two broad functions. We house survivors for an extended period of time in a safe environment at the Anjali Transitional House while they transition to an empowered, independent life. We also assist survivors find affordable housing and access the county’s rental assistance programs.