There, volunteers in a makeshift shelter known as Apna Ghar comforted the woman in her native Indian language, Punjabi. They welcomed the woman, who had been physically abused for years by her husband and mother-in-law, to cook her favorite foods in a kitchen stocked with rice, lentils, roti and other Indian staples. And they gave her a room to stay in as she began the long process of leaving her marriage, returning to school and starting a new life. "No culture outrightly says it's OK to abuse women, but at the same time, we know it goes on," said Nand, former interim executive director for Apna Ghar who still volunteers at the organization. "By making sure they can continue to speak a language they want to speak, dress the way they want to dress and eat what they want to eat is a way victims gain back control, self respect and dignity." Nand and other advocates for domestic abuse victims are relieved to see domestic violence in ethnic communities no longer hidden in the shadows. That evolution will be evident next week in the unveiling of Apna Ghar's new $1.25 million, 12-bedroom facility in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is scheduled to cut the ribbon for its grand opening ceremony Monday. With Asian-inspired artwork and furniture, kitchens designed to separate the cooking of meals for meat-eaters and vegetarians, and a staff made up of people who speak 50 different languages, Apna Ghar's new shelter is the latest domestic violence agency dedicated to assisting victims in culturally specific ways, according to Neha Gill, Apna Ghar's executive director. Since 2001, the number of domestic violence programs with a focus on Asian communities across the U.S.
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