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Domestic Violence

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. 

Resources for South Asian Women and Families Abandoned Overseas

Organizations In South Asia Working on Violence Against Women

    A 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.
    Majlis 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.

  • 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. 508-620-1830
  • Merrimack Valley Legal Services
    Merrimack Valley Legal Services. MVLS is a legal aid program which provides free legal advice and representation in civil legal cases to low-income and elderly residents of parts of Essex and Middlesex counties. Since 1974 MVLS has represented victims of domestic violence, clients from becoming homeless, children with special needs, elderly and disabled people in obtaining disability, welfare, and medical benefits, people making the transition from welfare to work, and those denied unemployment compensation.
  • Northeast Legal Aid
    Northeast Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to low income and elderly residents of Essex County and Northern Middlesex County.

Mental Health

Please visit our Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health page for additional information and resources.

South Asian Health

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*

Sexual Orientation

  • 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*
  • Safe Spaces
    For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and/or Allied (LGBTQIA+): A program of community-based organizations working with LGBTQIA+ youth, to provide services that are trauma-informed, founded in Positive Youth Development, and are culturally appropriate and specific to LGBTQIA+ youth. Includes a directory of further LGBTQIA services.
  • Queer Asian-Pacific Islander Alliance (QAPA)
    QAPA is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston and New England area.

Senior Citizens

Disabled People

  • 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.

Gender Empowerment

  • The Women’s Nest
    An online community for women. Every three months they feature a woman who has overcome adversity and become self-sufficient.
  • When Georgia Smiled
    A domestic violence and women’s empowerment foundation that provides resources to enable women to live safe and healthy lives.