In many South Asian languages, "asha" means "hope" and women of South Asian descent who are survivors of domestic abuse can turn to ASHA for just that. Some clients speak little English, many distrust the legal system, and most believe what their abusers tell them: that they will be deported, jailed, or lose child custody if they try to leave. But at ASHA, they discover a new vision of the future. Through a toll-free helpline, they receive assistance in their own language from someone who understands their culture. Volunteer advocates support them in their immediate need to escape abuse and their long-term need to achieve self-reliance. ASHA also helps with custody hearings and access to reduced-cost or pro bono legal and medical services. In addition, it maintains an emergency fund that provides everything from housing, tuition, and transportation assistance, to groceries and childcare. In 2015, ASHA received over 340 requests for help and provided long-term aid to 170 women and children. ASHA for Women continues to grow and bring hope to survivors. You can too.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: Asian American

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls

Awards & Recognition

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for ASHA for Women is: Less than $500k

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