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I have a friend who has confided in me about a serious situation. She is muslim, from
the middle east and has been abused sexually and physically by a male relative, not
her husband, over more than a year. She recently, courageously, confronted her abuser
and told her husband everything. He is being extremely supportive and is united with
her despite recommendations from family and religious leaders that he divorce her.
This will most likely leave them (and their children) isolated from their families and
community. They are willing to seek help to get through this and I am especially
worried about her as she continues to blame herself and has contemplated suicide. I
would like to help them find a culturally sensitive and experienced therapist,
preferably in the Pleasanton/Castro Valley/Livermore areas. Any recommendations or
resources I can relay to her would be welcome.
Narika serves women from throughout the South Asian subcontinent (and
elsewhere)dealing with issues of domestic violence. They have a
helpline at 1.800.215.7308 or their web-site can be viewed at
www.narika.org. Their primary service area is the East Bay.
Please encourage your friend to contact the agency I work for,
JFCS/East Bay, which has an office in Walnut Creek serving the
Tri-Valley area. The refugee & immigrant department has a long history
of providing mental health services for people in her situation.
Cultural competence is a high priority: the clinicians come from the
communities that they serve (meaning that though the agency is inspired
by Jewish values, we have Muslims and Christians on staff). You don't
mention where your friend is from, but we have particularly deep
experience working with the local Afghan and Bosnian communities. The
initial call should be made to Barbara Nelson, director of refugee &
immigrant services, at (925) 927-2000 x226. Find out more at
www.jfcs-eastbay.org. All the best to your and your friend,
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