CHETNA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the prevention of domestic violence in the South Asian community of Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. We are an all-volunteer organization founded in July 2005.
We do not charge any fees for our services. We are a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, who are here to help victims of domestic violence.
The South Asian community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area consists of over 100,000 people and the community is constantly growing. It is also a diverse religious and ethnic population. It is a known fact that a South Asian victim of domestic violence and abuse faces many additional challenges as compared to a non-South Asian domestic violence victim. Also, in the case of South Asian victims, the abusers can be other family members besides an intimate partner. These barriers sometimes keep them in an abusive situation for long periods of time and also prevent them from seeking assistance from a mainstream organization.
CHETNA provides information and services to South Asians in the Dallas-Forth Worth and surrounding areas during times of crisis through peer support, counseling, community education and outreach. CHETNA has been set up to provide victim services in conjunction with existing resources and mainstream agencies. We work with the domestic violence organizations in the Metroplex to reach out to the South Asian community and to make them aware of the wide variety of services available to them. We also network with other South Asian organizations within the state and the nation.