North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused

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From administrative work, to helping build our next shelter, the hours you donate will go a long way for those in need.


Every penny you give goes to helping those most vulnerable in society, particularly women and children who are abused.

Our Services

NISA works to empower victims of domestic violence by providing information, support services, advocacy, counseling and shelter with the utmost confidentiality. We handle a broad range of issues including family disputes between spouses, parents and children, plus elder abuse, premarital counseling and spiritual counseling. It is important to realize that while NISA handles issues of domestic violence, it also focuses on prevention of conflict and the promotion family harmony. All of our advocates are state certified, and we are the first Bay Area domestic violence program and shelter, sensitive to the needs of Muslim families.

Help Line
Toll-free and confidential telephone line: 1-888- ASK-NISA (1-888- 275-6472)
Referral Services
Legal assistance (refer to private attorneys or Bay Area Legal Aid. NISA will not cover costs) Anger management & parenting classes (by referral)
Community outreach & education
Support Services
NISA Home – emergency and short-term housing Translation services (languages: Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Farsi, Pushtu, etc.) Financial assistance Social Services (assistance with: public assistance, section 8 housing, cal-works, medical etc.) Transportation services Career Development
Counseling (individual, family, premarital, marriage, career) Religious guidance/counseling through Islamic principles
Anger management & parenting classes
Translation Services
Resources for Arabic, Farsi, Urdu & Hindi speakers

Additional Resources & Links

ABA: The Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Our mission is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession.
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Men Stopping Violence
To organize men to end male violence against women and girls through innovative trainings, programs and advocacy.
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Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH)
FAITH is a grassroots organization that is committed to empowering all members of the community. FAITH’s mission is to provide humanitarian aid to needy individuals and families living in the Northern Virginia area.
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Apna Ghar
Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts outreach and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence.
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Muslim Women’s League
The Muslim Women’s League is a non-profit Muslim American organization working to implement the values of Islam and thereby reclaim the status of women as free, equal and vital contributors to society.
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The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund
We secure equality and opportunity for women and girls with targeted litigation, innovative policy advocacy, and education in these five areas:
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Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)
Together, we can end gender violence in Asian/Pacific Islander communitiesSince 1996, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) has provided services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Help us continue this work by supporting us through a donation or by getting involved.
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The vision of NCADV is to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; and where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable.
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RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
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AYUDA’s mission is to serve the foreign-born, low-income community by providing high-quality legal services in the areas of immigra-tion and domestic violence; advocating for and defending their legal and human rights; and empowering through education.
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The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
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KARAMAH is founded on the fundamental principle that education, dialogue, and diligent action are the best tools to eradicate the dangerous and destructive effects of ignorance, silence and prejudice.
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National Network to End Domestic Violence
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a social change organization dedicated to creating a social, political, and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
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Additional Organizations

Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)
Direct legal services; assisting immigrant survivors of domestic violence; policy advocacy; leadership development; Asian language helplines; job and housing assistance; citizenship assistance (multiple languages); immigration matters; public benefits. Appointments required.
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It analyzes critical issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander survivors; provides training, technical assistance, and policy analysis; and maintains a clearinghouse of information on gender violence, current research, and culturally-specific models of intervention and community engagement. National organization providing information, technical assistance, and training. We also host the Muslim Advocacy Network Against Domestic Violence (MANADV) along with NRCDV
Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS)
Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Chao-Shou, Dutch, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hokkien, Illocano, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Malay, Mon, Mongolian, Nepali, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Shanghainese, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Toisanese, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yeo Chieu Shelter; multilingual advocacy; intensive case management; Queer Asian women and transgender suuport; anti-trafficking programs; community education; technical assistance to build capacity of community-based-organizations; outreach; advocacy
Interval House
24-Hour Crisis Hotlines; 24-Hour Teen Hotlines; Emergency Shelters; Transitional & Permanent Housing; Community Service Centers; Counseling; Legal; Emergency Response Team; Health & Wellness; Children & Youth; Teen Dating Violence – “Second Generation”; Elder Abuse; Substance Abuse Recovery; LGBTQ; Human Trafficking; Interfaith Project – “Creating a Safe Environment”; Pioneering Multicultural Programs; International Institute Against Violence; Leadership Development; Economic Self-Sufficiency; Community Education; Volunteer & University Internships
License to Freedom
Legal services; mental health and counseling services; DV training program; monthly DV workshops; feeding the homeless; advocacy; youth services; community outreach.
Legal advocacy; counseling; economic empowerment; housing assistance; Transitional housing; peer support; interpretation; outreach and prevention; policy advocacy; Maitri boutique.
Muslim Women’s League
​Information on domestic violence, honor killings, female genital mutilation, marriageand divorce, gender issues, sexuality, racism, eating disorders, mental health, equality, dress, spirituality and Muslim women’s rights
Support services; information; referrals to family and immigration lawyers, social services, shelters, healthcare providers, counseling; Self Empowerment and Economic Development (SEED) program offers financial literacy, career training, computer literacy and self-reliance skills; Health, Enrichment and Access to Life-Skills (HEAL) program offers wellness and enrichment workshops for South Asians; Support groups for IPV survivors
SEMAH: Safety, Education, Mutual Respect, Awareness and Hope
Promote healthier relationships andprevention of domestic violence through education and awareness of options.Location-specific resources; information.
South Asian Network (SAN)
Support Services; AWAZ: Voices Against Violence program (safety planning, case management, advocacy, legal assistance, counseling and emotional support, interpretation, parenting classes, community workshops raising DV awareness, prevention workshops); CHAI: Community Health Action Initiative (public benefits assistance, clinic referrals, social services assistance, language assistance); CRU: Civil Rights Unit (naturalization clinics, case management and legal referrals, civic engagement workshop, leadership development program); Emotional and mental health; referrals.
24-hour helpline; Gender Based Violence Shelter; A safety exit/ plan; Case Management; Counseling; Life skills training; Employment education; Elder Services (Housing, Food assistance, Case management, Counseling/therapy, Government programs, Navigating the justice system, Trauma- informed care /referrals, Financial advising, Senior support groups), Legal Services, Citizenship, mental health, youth program.