"Beaten But Not Broken" - Tanya Momi's Story - Chai With Sahelis: A Desi Dost Project

Season 2, Episode 4,   Jul 07, 2022, 04:55 PM

Bay Area artist Tanya Momi opened up about her story of survival inside a turbulent and violent marriage. Not only did she face violence at the hands of an alcoholic, abusive husband, but Momi’s inlaws, who also lived with the couple, inflicted verbal and emotionally abusive behaviors towards their daughter-in law.

Momi credits her family for their unfaltering support. She found solace in her art and in the nail salon 'the safe haven’ she built from scratch.

This audio story is part of a unique storytelling project, “Chai with Sahelis,'' where survivors from the Indian American (desi) community share deeply personal stories about their experience living with and surviving  domestic violence.

At the age of 31, Momi was divorced, with two young children.

It took nearly ten years for her to find stability, independence and her inner fire.“I was beaten, but not broken.”

This is her story.

This series is supported by the USC Center for Health Journalism in partnership with Desi Collective, Narika and India Currents.

This content is intended only for mature audiences. Listener discretion advised.
CW/TW: domestic violence, language, mental health, mental illness, depression, su*c*de, violent imagery, body image, anger, anxiety, abandonment

This article was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund.

If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact:
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Raksha : 1-866-56-ABUSE
Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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