Niswa is committed to serving underserved Muslims and other minority communities by providing culturally and linguistically competent counseling, case management, referral, crisis intervention, domestic violence shelter, and preventative health education. Niswa serves clients nationwide.


Niswa, which means “Women in gathering” in Arabic, was established in 1990 by a group of South Asian women to provide resources and support for the increased needs of Muslim families, especially women, in Southern California.


  • 24-hour helpline
  • Shelter for victims of domestic violence
  • Transitional Housing
  • Culturally Appropriate Referral Services
  • Help with Immigration & Legal Issues
  • Recruitment of Foster Families
  • Financial Aid & food Aid to the needy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Preventive Health and mental health seminars


  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Individuals and Families in crisis

Although Niswa was established to help the Muslim community, aid is extended to all individuals who qualify, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.


  • Children’s rights in foster placement
  • Issues of aging & senior citizens
  • Family conflict mediation
  • Supervised visits in custodial issues
  • Resources on women’s rights and issues in Islam
  • Multi-cultural resources to the mainstream social services agencies
  • Liaison with social services & Department of children & Family services
  • Legal service referral for our client
  • Promote awareness of good mental and physical health practices for optimal functioning.