As always, our Volunteer Advocates have been actively involved in counseling women and providing them with support in the form of court accompaniment, job assistance, transportation and interpretation to name a few. Our thanks to intern Soheli Azad who was an enormous help during the summer months when we were severely understaffed. A heartfelt thank you to all our active Volunteer Advocates for their hard work and dedication--Doris, Irvi, Jinny, Jyothi, Rita, Rupal, Seema, Sheena, Shefali and Urjasi.
The Manavi Support Group continues to meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month and aims to break the isolation that many women experience when they go through intimate partner and other forms of violence. This year the Group has had an average attendance of five women and we have had speakers come in and talk about HIV and AIDS, breast cancer, mental health and meditation. We have also focused on topics like nutrition, sexuality, self-esteem and journaling. The year-end of 2005 was highlighted by a potluck holiday party which was a great success with women and their children. A similar party is planned for the end of this year and we look forward to an equally big turnout.