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
NYAWC Spring - Summer 2015 Newsletter: Read NYAWC’s Spring - Summer 2015 Newsletter here.
NYAWC is proud to be a community partner of St. Francis of Assisi’s 2nd Annual Indie and Foreign Film Festival. Click here for tickets and more information.
NYAWC expands Queens Asian Women’s Empowerment Center thanks to city and federal funding.
Read the Queens Examiner’s coverage here.
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New Year, New Community Office
NYAWC unveils its new Lower Manhattan Community Office located on Mott Street in the heart of Chinatown. Read NY Asian Channel’s coverage here.
NYAWC Raises $312,000 at Annual Gala
Philanthropists gathered at Tribeca Three-Sixty to raise money for NYAWC’s programs. Read more here.
NYAWC Kicks Off DACA Program
With a grant of over $50,000 from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, NYAWC launches the DACA Program to provide legal services to applicants for DACA. Read more here.
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. Read more about Angy’s story and special forms of immigration relief here.
A House, Not a Shelter
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.