Saathi: Partners in harmony is a Saahas initiative to accelerate prevention of Intimate Partner Violence among adults and teenagers (also known as Teen Dating Violence or TDV ) in the South Asian Community.
Project Saathi will help identify healthy, unhealthy, and toxic habits in a relationship.
It intends to promote Self Care among individuals in the South Asian community, especially women who are at higher risk of depression, anxiety and burn-out.
February is commemorated as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM).
Dating is often a taboo topic in our community. Many South Asian parents do not want their children to date. The youth growing up in the United States might not look at dating the same way. However, they might not be comfortable speaking to their parents about their dating relationship, if they are in one. This poses a great risk to the teen/ youth if they find themselves in an unhealthy or toxic relationship. The lack of familial support and parental advice may lead them to staying back in an abusive relationship. This can also have a lifelong impact on their health and future relationships. Saahas as part of their prevention efforts, engage with the youth, to make them understand the distinction between healthy, unhealthy, and toxic dating behaviors, resources for help etc.
In February 2023, Sheetal Ayyatan, Program Manager for Women Wellness at Saahas for Cause spoke with Tanishka Joshi from Whitney High School for their Teen Dating Violence Awareness session for their Girl Up Club.
In addition, Saahas also spoke with the Parents of Cerritos High School about healthy relationships and staying safe online.
South Asian American youth are being brought up in two very different cultures. Hence in addition to the generational difference, a parent-child relationship also faces cultural differences. It can be difficult to understand and navigate such situations.
Saahas provides parenting workshops that help bridge the gap between the two generations. Please reach out to Saahas if you are interested to learn more about this.