AWAZ Voices Against Violence is committed to the empowerment of survivors of violence. We address issues of violence – including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual abuse, human trafficking, and elder abuse – within the community through outreach, education, case management, and advocacy.
To date, AWAZ has assisted over 1,600 survivors of violence and their children by providing case management, legal assistance, shelter placement, and mental health services through counseling, art workshops and support groups. AWAZ utilizes a comprehensive and culturally competent public health model to improve service to survivors of domestic violence through “stages of change” case management services.
In striving for broader violence prevention, AWAZ encourages survivors to speak out while partnering with community leaders, religious leaders, youth and male members to advocate for safe and healthy lifestyles.
AWAZ offers the following services:
- safety planning
- case management
- individual and family counseling
- parenting classes
- access to legal assistance in the areas of family and immigration law
- ‘Know Your Rights” workshops
For information about domestic violence services, please contact Aisha at extension 111 or Riffat at extension 112.
Violence Prevention Group: A Survivor’s Support Group achieves violence prevention through empowering and supporting each other while organizing against abuse using yoga, writing and art as tools for healing.
Children’s Art Workshops: Staff meet with and conduct various art workshops with South Asian children and adolescents regularly. These workshops focus on self-esteem and pride and allow young people to express themselves in many creative ways.
Violence Prevention Media and Education Campaign: A team of staff, survivors, and community artists and leaders assist in developing violence prevention messages and media to show on local South Asian channels and theaters. This team also presents workshops and provides trainings at numerous religious and community gathering spaces.