Photo above, from left, Viru Patel, Woodbridge, NJ Councilman; Dr Vasudev Makhija, founder of SAMHIN; Kavita Mehra, executive director of Sakhi; TV Asia hosts Sanjiv Pandya and Neha Mahajan; Navneet Bhalla, interim executive director of Manavi and Devangi Raval, from WomenRising. Photo below, front, Ravi Bhalla, mayor of Hoboken, NJ, who was among the audience.
(Photos: Gunjesh Desai)
TV Asia hosted an informational panel discussion on “Domestic Violence,” as part of its Centerstage series, at the TV Asia studios in Edison, NJ, on May 18.
The panelists included, Navneet Bhalla, interim executive director of Manavi; Kavita Mehra, executive director of Sakhi; Devangi Raval, domestic violence advocate with WomenRising; Dr Vasudev Makhija, founder of SAMHIN (South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network) and Viru Patel, Woodbridge, NJ Councilman. The hourlong discussion, moderated by TV Asia hosts Neha Mahajan and Sanjiv Pandya, was taped live in presence of an engaging live audience.
The panelists, three of whom represented women-support organizations in the NY-NJ region, focused on spousal or intimate partner abuse affecting South Asian women. They discussed why spousal abuse was a growing menace in the South Asian community, with most such cases unreported to law enforcement. Dr Makhija touched upon why it was vital for survivors to seek help and counseling while Viru Patel discussed the local resources available to victims of spousal abuse.
Present among the audience was Ravi Bhalla, mayor of Hoboken, NJ, who in his comments said that most towns across the US have dedicated resources for victims of spousal and domestic abuse, but awareness was an issue in reaching out to them.
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