About US


We envision a future where Tamil people who have been impacted by childhood sexual abuse can find their voice

ANBU Mission

To provide healing and empowerment through holistic support, resources and advocacy on behalf of Tamil people impacted by childhood sexual abuse.

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A.N.B.U. அன்பு, which loosely translates to Love in Tamil stands for Abuse Never Becomes Us, was set up in March 2016 in Toronto, Canada by ANBU co-founders, Jenny Starke and Tharshiga Elankeeran,  Tamil speaking women with lived experiences of childhood sexual abuse.


Both co-founders have extensive professional experience in trauma support services. Jenny as a registered social worker and peer group facilitator for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Tharshiga, a substance abuse counselor and also a facilitator for trauma groups with survivors and a certified Acudetox Specialist with NADA that can provide Auricular acupuncture to reduce stress, anxiety, cravings and increase relaxation and cleansing.

They hope with ANBU to create a voice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and shed light, build capacity, strengthen awareness and compassion within the Tamil community, exploring holistic forms of healing that incorporates the whole.



Meet the ANBU UK team


Vanajah Srinivasan

ANBU UK Director and Trustee

Vanajah has publicly spoken about her experience supporting her family through a complex past of childhood sexual abuse, which eventually led to prosecution through the legal framework. This compelled her to share that experience and become a part of the transformative healing process for others, she believes ANBU is that transformation.

Vanajah has spent her recent years in international development, designing and establishing projects that empower, protect and save the lives of children all over the world, including Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Vanajah’s experience includes setting up a Syrian refugee programme spread over 3 countries and short term deployment in Afghanistan. She has a MA in Refugee Studies and Community Development and now works as an independent consultant supporting NGO’s in commercial contracting.



ANBU UK Trustee

Nibarna is a BACP registered psychotherapist. She works as an Assistant School Project Manager with Place2Be @_place2be , a charity focused on the mental health and wellbeing of children within schools. She holds a Bsc.in Neuroscience and Psychology and an Msc. in Counselling Psychology. Nibarna is trained in various therapeutic modalities working with neurotypical children and children on the autism spectrum disorder within the NHS, charity sector and the Tamil community. At ANBU UK, Nibarna is a Trustee and oversees the therapeutic components including helping design and deliver outreach projects and co-ordinating reflective sessions within the team

Jitesh Joshi

ANBU UK Trustee

Jitesh is a professional accountant with experience in audit and deal advisory in the financial services sector. More recently he works for a technology start-up and is involved in developing its financial processes and data analysis. He brings insight into financial governance and planning which will aid the strategic vision of projects at ANBU.

Vanisha Jassal

ANBU UK Trustee

Vanisha is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent (UoK) and has been involved in child protection teaching and learning for over 15 years. Vanisha has a deep commitment to addressing societal inequalities in child protection practice and in 2017, begun her PhD studies investigating child sexual abuse (CSA) within Britain’s South Asian communities.  She chose this topic because she was becoming very aware of how little was known about the experience of survivors from the South Asian communities and about why statutory agencies were not largely being notified of cases.

Jumani Yogarajah

ANBU UK Spokesperson

Jumani began her adventure as a freelance hair and makeup artist in 2013. Over time, she gradually gained the trust and support of a loyal fanbase. She is also the founder of The Lash Bar UK and is a spokesperson for ANBU UK. She has a keen interest in promoting awareness around the issues surrounded by childhood trauma and abuse in the Tamil community. She is passionate about helping support fellow survivors.

Ahrabi Rajkumar 

ANBU UK Spokesperson and Social Media

Ahrabi is a strong believer in mindfulness and healing through all forms of creativity and actively maintains her passion of art and music. She currently manages ANBU UK’s social media platform and is involved in various other ANBU UK projects. 

Ahrabi envisions a future where Tamil communities around the world are open to conversation regarding abuse, as well as collectively working together to protect and maintain the wellbeing of its members.

aims to deliver support and services using a four pillars approach.
Connect, Create, Community, Compassion

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Connect with Tamil people that have been impacted by childhood sexual abuse, supporting the healing process and providing a platform to be heard. Connecting with the Tamil community through a structured outreach sessions to create awareness and open dialogue on childhood sexual abuse.

Create resources and holistic support material to empower survivors using in-house expertise.  Explore innovative ways of reaching the diverse communities using traditional and non-traditional approaches.

Community. Engaging with existing partners in the community complementing activities by integrating ANBU principles, so together we can strengthen the Tamil community to enable active participation in the healing process.

Compassion. Underlying in all our work is to act with compassion and empathy, we aim to provide a supportive space where survivors are listened to, believed and have access to support.

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Abuse Never Becomes Us UK. ANBU UK is a registered UK charity number 1178540

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