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Our Mission

End all forms of gender-based violence in the South Asian community

Founded in 1985, Manavi is the first organization in the United States dedicated to ending all forms of violence against South Asian survivors. Using a survivor-centered approach, Manavi provides culturally specific and linguistically appropriate services to South Asian survivors of gender-based violence. Manavi’s staff and volunteers are bilingual—speaking over 14 different South Asian languages.

Reach out to us anytime on our 24/7 multilingual hotline at 732-435-1414 or email
If in danger, please call 911.


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Manavi strives to address both the immediate needs of survivors and the long-term vision of establishing peaceful communities free from gender based violence.

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How to Support Survivors

  • Listen. Believe what the survivor is saying.
  • Let the survivor know that they are not alone and they deserve safety.
  • Do not be judgmental. Let them know that abuse can happen to anyone.
  • Respect their right to consent & their privacy. Sometimes it is very difficult for the survivor to talk about the abuse.
  • Communicate with survivor by establishing a code word to ensure they are safe. 
  • Help them find a domestic violence helpline & continue to check with them.
  • If you or someone you know needs support, please reach us on our 24/7 multilingual hotline number (732) 435-1414 or

“When nobody was out there for me, Manavi held my hand and because of that I am surviving with dignity and individual identity. Today, I proudly call myself a survivor.”

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Manavi’s outreach spans the state of New Jersey, with a particular focus on diverse South Asian communities. To learn more about our work, and to stay in touch, please sign up for our newsletter and/or reach out at

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