About OutAgainstAbuse

Find out more about OutAgainstAbuse (OAA)

Out Against Abuse (“OAA”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing interactive online resources to bring together activists, volunteers, survivors and members of the South Asian community to encourage the discussion and understanding of gender abuse.

 

Mission Statement

Mission Statement:

Out Against Abuse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing interactive online resources to bring together activists, volunteers, survivors and members of the South Asian community to encourage the discussion and understanding of gender related abuse. OAA works to create constant dialogue and collaboration so we can all learn from each other and work to educate our community on how to end gender related violence in our homes and community. We strive to decrease the number of women enduring abuse through our distinct and comprehensive programs and safe online forums for victims, organizations, activists, survivors, and friends and families.

Need:

Given the rates of female web usage and estimated levels of victimization, it is possible to extrapolate that up to 7,560,000 women (16.8% of the United States Internet population) are current or former survivors of intimate violence, thus making the Internet a viable tool for reaching survivors of intimate violence.

According to a study conducted by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) in 2000: “This absence [of online services] should be of great concern to the anti-violence against women movement, as it is likely that the number of Internet users will continue to grow and so too will the numbers of survivors seeking help online,”[MINCAVA 2000].

Out Against Abuse addresses this issue by providing survivors and victims with up to date and interactive online resources.

How We Can Help

Our website serves as an online hotline and resource center for survivors, victims and their friends and families, allowing them to anonymously ask questions and to quickly connect to the most appropriate resources.

The website also spotlights activists and research regarding gender abuse issues and organizes communication between volunteers, activists and scholars of domestic violence.

OAA works to decrease the number of women enduring abuse through its distinct and comprehensive programs and safe online forums for victims, organizations, activists, survivors and friends and families. We strive to educate and engage our community about gender abuse issues.

For more information, please contact us.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Founder and Executive Director: Sabrin Chowdhury

Sabrin serves as the Executive Director of Out Against Abuse, and hopes to create a place for active discussion on issues dealing with gender based abuse. Her interests include working to advance women’s rights, and she is also active in other domestic violence non profit organizations, including Gen2, Sakhi’s Young Professionals Committee. Sabrin graduated from the University of Texas-Austin, majoring in Business Honors and Finance with a minor in Economics and brings her experience in the banking and financial services industry to the organization. She has been featured in the documentary film “Sakhi Means Women Friend”, Porshi – a California based South Asian magazine, Anubhav – a television series about the immigrant experience, the Huffington Post and GroundReport.com for her accomplishments in women’s rights issues.

Board Member: Anindita Chaterjee Bhaumik

Anindita brings 16 years of experience as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. As a domestic violence consultant and educator, she has authored numerous articles on violence against women and has conducted several workshops in different languages. Anindita has served as Associate Director of Policy & Communications for the Domestic Violence Project of the Urban Justice Center, a South Asian Outreach Director for Sanctuary For Families, and is also an ex- member of the New York State Attorney General’s Crime Victims Advisory Board and is the clergy liaison for NYPD.

Advisory Council

Fundraising Chair: Paula Schafer

Paula Schafer is an experienced event-marketing executive with over 15 years experience at a high-end national specialty retailer. She is adept at implementing high-profile, image-based consumer marketing programs within the luxury/lifestyle sector. She has planned events with a variety of high visibility national brands including, Cartier and Louis Vuitton, as well as international designers, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani, among many others. She has also collaborated with major national print publications including InStyle, GQ, and W in addition to working with top public relations firms LaForce + Stevens and charitable organizations such as Save Venice and Project A.L.S. Paula brings her professional experience and her willingness to make a difference to Out Against Abuse and has been a crucial driver of our fundraising events and campaigns.

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