The following organizations and websites offer helpful information and services:
*Phone numbers are toll free when calling from the US
Below are organizations that provide direct services for domestic violence survivors. For more information about what domestic violence is and its impact, please visit Saheli’s Domestic Violence Page.
- Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
A family-centered organization for Asians in the Greater Boston and Greater Lowell Area with a 24-hour multilingual hotline: 617-338-2355. Helpful API resources include:
- Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities: Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan
- Theories about Intimate Partner Violence
- Gender based violence. Includes papers on patriarchy and power, the lifetime spiral of gender violence, culture and gender-based violence
- The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API Institute) is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Helpful API resources include:
- Gender Based Violence. This site includes papers on Patriarchy and Power; Lifetime Spiral of Gender violence; Culture and Gender Based violence; and, Gender Democracy.
- The Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. From the aborting of female fetuses to intimate homicide, girls and women may encounter numerous oppressions. The Lifetime Spiral reveals patterns of victimization by enumerating the types of violence, vulnerabilities, and harms women and girls face. Available in English and Punjabi.
- Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities, July 2012. Includes Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan communities. Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
- Directory of Domestic and Gender Violence Programs Serving Asians and Pacific Islanders, 2016.
- Report: Intersections of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault.
- Resource Guide for Advocates & Attorneys on Interpretation Services for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Trafficking Victims.
- Fact Sheet: HIV and Intimate Partner Violence among Asian American and Pacific Islander Women.
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Since 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has been committed to ending sexual violence through healing and social change. 24-hour hotline: 800.841.8371*
- Domestic Violence Services Network
The Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) is a unique community collaboration among central Middlesex police departments and non-profit agencies. We train volunteers to proactively advocate for victims of domestic violence and to offer immediate and follow-up crisis intervention services, including risk assessment, safety planning, and connection with supportive community resources. 888-399-6111*
- Family Law Project for Battered Women
The Family Law Project for Battered Women is the largest pro bono program at the Women’s Bar Foundation, drawing over 100 new attorneys each year. The FLP recruits, trains, and mentors attorneys and collaborates with legal and social services to provide high quality representation and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
- Jane Doe, Inc.
The Massachusetts coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence
24-hour hotline: 877-785-2020*
- Manavi, a New Jersey-based women’s rights organization that serves South Asians. Also see their directory of South Asian Women’s Organizations in the US.
- Mass Legal Help’s Domestic Violence Section
The Domestic Violence section of MassLegalHelp has important information for victims and survivors of domestic violence about their rights concerning child support, housing, employment, immigration, making it on your own, criminal complaints, Chapter 209A Abuse Prevention Orders (“restraining orders”), custody and visitation, separation and divorce, paternity, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that used to be called Department of Social Services (DSS), personal property, and doing a case in the Probate and Family Court. Domestic Violence also has legal forms and samples, booklets, brochures, and pamphlets, and information and links to critical services and resources.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence. A social change organization dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
Reach is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence.
24- hour hotline: 1.800.899.4000*
RESPOND is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. For over 35 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 100,000 members of the community. Services are free and confidential, and available to all survivors of domestic abuse. 24-hour crisis hotline: 1.617.623.5900
- Verizon Wireless Hopeline
Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turns them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Through HopeLine, Verizon has donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to partner agencies. Verizon has supported Saheli’s clients with free, donated cell phones for a number of years. This can be life-saving in an emergency or if an abusive partner is trying to restrict a person’s communication channels.
Women’sLaw.org provides helpful legal information for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
- When Love Hurts.
Informative Dr. Phil television episode about domestic violence, June 10, 2013
- Breaking Barriers: A Complete Guide to Legal Rights and Resources for Battered Immigrants by Kathleen Sullivan and Leslye Orloff, Editors, the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) 2013.
Resources for South Asian Women and Families Abandoned Overseas
- Manavi’s publication on Transnational Legal Issues: Domestic Violence Complications Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States
Manavi is a New Jersey-based organization working on domestic violence and exploitation of South Asian women in the US. They have a series of ten short papers on issues pertaining to South Asians, including transnational abandonment, forced marriage and domestic violence.
- National Commission for Women
The NCW was nominated the coordinating agency at the national level for dealing with issues pertaining to Non-Resident Indian (NRI) marriages by the Ministry of Overseas Indian affairs based on the recommendation of the Parliamentary committee on Empowerment of Women. Includes a book on NRI marriage issues.
- National Commission for Women Online Complaint Form
- Guidance for Marriages to Overseas Indians
A booklet by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs serving as a guide for prospective brides and their parents who are considering a matrimonial alliance with an overseas Indian spouse. It sets out the legal rights and obligations that govern such marriages and explains in simple language the issues arising from Private International Law.
- U Visa
The US Government sometimes grants immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes a special U visa, which grants temporary legal status and work eligibility in the United States for up to 4 years.
- Aman Global Voices for Peace In the Home
An organization in India working with survivors of domestic violence
An organization working against dowry abuse (violence, coercion or extortion of women and their families related to dowry payment)
Mumbai-based organization with a partnership with the local government, called Dilaasa, to provide services to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors at 16 local hospitals. Dilaasa means reassurance and the center seeks to provide psychosocial support to women survivors of domestic violence.
A secular, Mumbai – based non – profit organisation, SNEHA believes that investing in women’s health is essential to building viable urban communities. SNEHA targets four large public health areas – Maternal and Newborn Health, Child Health and Nutrition, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Prevention of Violence against Women and Children.
- MAJLISLAWMajlis Legal Centre is a forum for women’s rights discourse and legal initiatives. We are a group of women lawyers and social activists committed to informing, educating and empowering women on their legal rights. Majlis offers legal services, conducts legal awareness training, engages in policy level interventions, public campaigns and public interest litigation in order to help women access justice
Transitional and Legal Assistance
- Eliot Community Health Services
An organization that provides services and mental health treatment to at-risk populations in Massachusetts. (Metro West). 978-369-1113
- Department of Transitional Assistance
The mission of the Department of Transitional Assistance is to assist low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, increase their incomes, and improve their quality of life. 617-348-8500
- Metro West Legal Services
MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal aid to low-income people who would be denied justice without our help. Our priority practice areas include: Family Law, Housing, Homeless Advocacy, Government Benefits (including Social Security), Education, Elder Law, Health Care Access, KidsCare Connection, & Immigration.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Transitional Housing Toolkit,
an online resource library for transitional housing programs serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking throughout the country.
Please visit our Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health page for additional information and resources.
- Toward a New Understanding of Mental Illness.
TEDxCaltech talk by Thomas Insel (13:03 minutes). Jan 2013
- How to make Stress Your Friend. TEDGlobal talk by Kelly McGonical (14:28 minutes). June 2013
- The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?
A book by Marcia Angell. New York Review of Books. June 2011.
- Mental Health Resources.
Information about a range of mental health topics, including a link to a mental health services locator. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- What is Depression?
Information by the National Institutes of Health.
- What is Anxiety Disorder?
Information by the National Institutes of Health.
- American Addiction Centers Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health
A website with helpful information about the financial resources available for seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment.
Resources for South Asians on the diabetes epidemic
- Tri-fold -South Asian Diet -Pradhan
A brochure by Sangeeta Pradhan
An organization that helps women to quit smoking
- Healthy Women
An organization that works to educate and empower women to make smart and healthy choices
Children and Youth
- Boston Centers for Youth and Families
BCYF offers a range of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, youth employment, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment.
- Children’s Charter Trauma Clinic
Children’s Charter is an out-patient clinic for victims of trauma and their families. The clinic was founded in 1985, and is located in Waltham, MA. 781-894-4307
- Judge Baker Children’s Center
Judge Baker Children’s Center promotes the best possible mental health of children through the integration of research, intervention, training and advocacy. 24-hour child hotline: 1-800-792-5200*
- MA Child Support Enforcement
The Child Support Enforcement Division (CSE) is here to assist parents in establishing paternity, child support orders, health insurance orders, collecting child support, and asking courts to modify child support orders when circumstances change. 800-332-2733*
- Gay Men’s DV Project
The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence and developed through the strength, contributions and participation of the community. 800-832-1901*
- Disabled Persons Protection Commission and Hotline
The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) operates a 24-hour Hotline to which citizens of the Commonwealth can report incidents of suspected abuse involving adults with disabilities by dialing 1-800-426-9009 or 1-888-822-0350 TTY.