Narika

Narika

Narika’s mission is to promote women’s independence, economic empowerment and well-being by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support and education. Narika was founded in 1992 in the Bay Area to address domestic violence and abuse, specifically in low-income, immigrant and AAPI communities. Narika addresses the unmet needs of survivors

Narika

Narika’s mission is to promote women’s independence, economic empowerment and well-being by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support and education. Narika was founded in 1992 in the Bay Area to address domestic violence and abuse, specifically in low-income, immigrant and AAPI communities. Narika addresses the unmet needs of survivors by providing advocacy, support and referrals within a culturally responsive and linguistically diverse model. All of Narika’s services are free and confidential. This year, Narika is projected to serve our highest number of clients ever as the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic persist in our communities.

About the Organization:

Narika’s mission is to promote women’s independence, economic empowerment and well-being by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support and education. Narika was founded in 1992 in the Bay Area to address domestic violence and abuse, specifically in low-income, immigrant and AAPI communities. Narika addresses the unmet needs of survivors by providing advocacy, support and referrals within a culturally responsive and linguistically diverse model. All of Narika’s services are free and confidential. This year, Narika is projected to serve our highest number of clients ever as the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic persist in our communities.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

26-30 YEARS

The Issue:

Tech-facilitated abuse is on the rise, especially in the AAPI community. According to the Safety Net Project, over 70 percent of domestic violence programs report that abusers monitor victims’ social media accounts, check their text messages, and scrutinize their computer activities to maintain power and control. These effects are highest in the Bay Area where many residents are tech experts who know how to employ stalkerware, spyware, malware and hacking to track their victims without their knowledge or consent. Tech-facilitated abuse is extremely common and yet few policies and training mechanisms exist for service providers to address it. Survivors are desperate for resources, safe devices, and tech-literate assistance from their case managers so that they can find long-term safety and wellness both physically and digitally.

The Solution:

Narika will respond to these issues through our new Tech For Good Program. First, we will launch a tech hotline to support intimate partner violence survivors with tech needs and offer resources to secure their devices and prevent cyberstalking, all in a culturally responsive and linguistically diverse manner. Secondly, we will increase tech safety awareness through multimedia campaigns, pamphlets and tech apps and products for good. We will also train service providers like law enforcement, attorneys, and domestic violence case workers so our efforts can be multiplied and more victims can receive support. We will create a formative tech abuse safety curriculum and procedure manual that can be open sourced for communities worldwide and translated into various languages for greater access. Finally we will partner with tech leaders to advocate for safer devices and software that will protect victims not just from strangers, but our own intimate partners.

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