The New York Asian Women’s Center helps women and their children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse by empowering them to govern their own lives. The Center provides a safe haven through multi-lingual support programs and shelter services. In addition, the Center works to raise public awareness about violence against women, advocates for the rights of survivors, and acts as an agent of social change.
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“The police referred me to the NYAWC after my husband was arrested for beating me. I was so scared to be on my own at first and thought about returning to him. But my counselor taught me that I can take care of myself. I have a job and my own apartment now. And I am paying for English classes with money from my own bank account!”
— Julie, NYAWC Client (read
“I did not call [the Emergency Hotline] at first because I was scared that I would have to leave my home. But when the abuse got worse, I called and talked to a counselor. My counselor helped me overcome my fears. She also helped me get legal services so that I could apply for my own visa, get an order of protection against my husband, and eventually a divorce. My children and I were able to stay in our home, near our friends and their school, and thanks to NYAWC I have found a job to support us.”
—Diana, NYAWC Client (read
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NYAWC Survivor Featured in the New York Times: Angy Rivera, one of NYAWC's survivors, courageously put her face and name on the front page of The New York Times. The article focused on alternative visas, including special visas for abused immigrant women.
NYAWC Staff Attorney, Lauren Burke, Chosen for FORBES "30 Under 30: Law Policy" List!
Lauren Burke has rightfully won a spot among the young people in her generation who work to impact the future direction of our country. She provides holistic immigration legal services to our women and children in fluent Mandarin, no less. Congratulations, Lauren!
Survivors at NYAWC's Emergency Residences find a support network where they may not have originally expected to, making the women stronger and more assertive. Read more about our survivors in NYNP's press coverage.