Saheli recognizes that South Asian women and families need an array of interventions to recover from crises and get back on their feet.

Whether you contact Saheli yourself, through a friend, a Police Department or e-mail know that: Saheli will create a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment for you and arrange a range of free, culturally sensitive, language-specific information and support services. We will listen and educate you about your options with the goal to help empower you by making well informed decisions, and become self-sufficient, healthy and free from  abuse and violence.

Saheli offers services in two areas:

Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention

  • Helpline and Safety Planning
    • Advice on how to obtain copies of important documents
    • Counseling on visa and immigration issues
    • Referrals to legal aid for child custody
  • Counseling
    • One-on-one counseling (available in South Asian languages)
    • Referrals to psychological support
    • Support groups
    • Assistance to obtain emergency shelter
    • Assistance to obtain public benefits
    • Help with reporting abuse
  • Educational Programs
    • Men Against Violence
    • Emotional Well-being and Mental Health
  • Legal & Immigration Support
  • Interpretation and translation for police and court
  • Court accompaniment
  • Help to report abuse and file incident reports
  • Assistance with obtaining restraining orders
  • Advice on how to obtain copies of important documents
  • Referrals to legal aid for child custody, child support or divorce
  • Training for local police departments on cultural sensitivity
  • Advocacy for immigrants

Economic Empowerment

  • Services for Mothers and Families
  • Financial aid to South Asian women and families
  • Computer Literacy classes in Waltham and Quincy
  • Career counseling and assistance to find employment
  • Financial literacy assistance
  • Volunteer and educational opportunities.


Read the results of a Need Assessment Study Saheli, 2016. The anonymous study summarizes the responses of 155 South Asian women and some men to questions about intimate partner violence, experiences of different kinds of violence and services sought. The study was funded by Community Health Network Area 15 of the Mass Dept. of Health and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.