Story: Domestic violence

Farida Sultana

Farida Sultana

Bangladeshi-born Farida Sultana was once a victim of domestic violence, and realised that immigrant women in New Zealand needed their own support services. In 1995 she helped found the Shakti Women's Support Group, which challenged cultural acceptance of domestic violence in Asian communities. Three years later, after lobbying the government, the first Asian women's safe houses were set up throughout New Zealand. The Shakti Community Council continued to run safe houses and violence intervention programmes in 2019.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Domestic violence - Domestic violence – 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 19 Jul 2018