Mission: To Provide the Support that Empowers South Asian Women to Become Self-Reliant and Live in an Abuse Free Future

Need Help?

If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship

You are not alone.

There is nothing wrong with you.

You do not have to suffer in silence to be a good wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, or friend.

Continuing to live in an abusive situation is not in your or your children's best interest.

The abuse will not end without help. The cycle of abuse will escalate in severity and frequency.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is an ongoing pattern of abusive behaviors that may include the following:

  • Physical abuse: pushing, kicking, slapping, hitting.
  • Emotional abuse: put downs, mind games, humiliation, name-calling and insults in public and/or in private.
  • Coercion or threats: threatening to hurt or take away children, or using citizenship or residency privileges against you.
  • Sexual violence: forcing an unwilling partner or spouse to have sex.
  • Economic abuse: denying access to family bank account or employment.
  • Isolation: denying free access to family, friends, and/or education.

Domestic violence permeates socio-economic boundaries and can occur:

  • In dating relationships, between spouses, and among extended family members–including in-laws.
  • Among rich and poor, young and elderly, educated and uneducated, across all religions, cultures, and in immigrant and non-immigrant families.
  • Across all segments of South Asian communities, and is not specific to any particular ethnicity or region of South Asia.

Where do I find help?

If you are in immediate danger, CALL 911 NOW

If you are not in immediate danger
Call ASHA for Women’s Helpline 1-888-417-2742

We will assist you in first creating a safety plan.

Keep the following items in a safe and accessible place:

  • Important documents: green card, passport, birth certificates, marriage certificates, medical records
  • Keys: extra set for the house and the car
  • Checkbooks, credit cards, and cash
  • Telephone numbers and address books
  • Medications

If you leave home, take your children and the things listed above. Once you are in a safe place, call ASHA for Women and we will assist you with the next step.

Counselors are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Safety tips

  • Practice how to get out of the home safely.
  • Keep the number of a taxi cab company with you at all times.
  • Plan a safe place to go if you have to leave suddenly.
  • Devise a code word to use with your children and friends when you need them to call the police.
  • Teach your children how to dial 911 and ask for help and provide your address

Legal issues

ASHA for Women advocates will accompany you to court, provide translation services, and assist you with obtaining a temporary protection/restraining order. We will also help you find representation for other legal needs.

Area legal resources

D.C. Superior Court Domestic Violence Intake Centers
Moultrie Courthouse
500 Indiana Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 879-1010


Arlington County
Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
520 King Street Rm. 307
Amelia, VA 23002
Phone: (703) 838-4044

Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
1425 N. Courthouse Road Ste. 6700
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 228-7010

Fairfax County
Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
200 Little Falls Street Ste. 207
Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone: (703) 241-7630

Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
4110 Chain Bridge Rd. 3rd Floor
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 291-8580

Loudoun County
Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
18 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20178
Phone: (703) 777-0300

Prince William County (Woodbridge)
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
90311 Lee Avenue
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 792-6210

Manassas County
Turning Points Crisis Center
9540 Center Street
Manassas, VA
Phone: (703) 792-4782

Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center
1010 N. Thompson St.
Suite 202
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-377-0335


Montgomery County:
Office for Domestic Violence Assistance
Montgomery County (POARP)
Circuit Court for Montgomery County
50 Maryland Avenue – 2nd Floor
Family Division – DVA
Rockville, MD 20850

Prince George's County
Family Crisis Center of Prince George's County
(Serving Prince George's County and Washington Metropolitan area)
3601 Taylor Street

Brentwood, MD 20722
Phone: 301-779-2100
24 Hour Hotline: 301-731-1203

Charles County
Center for Abused Persons/Community Crisis and Referral Center, Inc.
2670 Crain Highway, Suite 303
Waldorf, MD 20601
24 Hour Hotline: 301-645-9387
Teen Hotline: 301-645-9387
Administration: 301-645-8994

Baltimore City
Women's Law Center Office for Domestic Violence Assistance
(Baltimore City POARP)
Medical Services Office, Room 100
Circuit Court for Baltimore City (East)
111 N. Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Baltimore County
Women's Law Center Office for Domestic Violence Assistance POARP (Protection Order and Representation Project)
Circuit Court for Baltimore County
401 Bosley Ave., Room 101
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-887-3162