(Safety, Education, Mutual Respect, Awareness and Hope) an organization dedicated to promoting healthy relationships and healthy communities!
The word SEMAH seems to have a significant meaning in many languages. It is derived from the Arabic root letters s, m, h which stand for tolerance and most importantly acceptance. SEMAH means seed or sprout in ancient Hebrew, sacred plant in the Ojibwe Native American Language, equality in Sanskrit and the state of ultimate connection with the divine in Turkish.
The universality of the name SEMAH and its principles inspired us to reach out to members of the diverse Bay Area and International community to find ways to work together to address the shared evil of domestic violence and to build hope for a vibrant and wholesome community.
We are grateful for the grant from APIP (Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) which enabled us to enhance our website and better communicate our message.
There are many resources to help address domestic violence – these include the following:
Support Services: Domestic Violence Advocacy Agency
An expanded version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was approved on February 28, 2013 by the GOP-dominated House after the Republicans failed to water down the Act.
President Obama signed the bill into law on March 7. Read More