Susan Choy via Crowdrise
November 27, 2011
Did you know:
- Intimate partner violence results in nearly two-million injuries and 1,300 deaths nationwide every year. That is more than three deaths per day.
- More than 50% of batterers also abuse their children or their victim’s children.
- Domestic violence is the number one cause of homelessness in 44 percent of cities surveyed.
- According to the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, 41-60% of Asian and Pacific Islander women reported experiencing domestic violence during their lifetime.
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- 24-Hour Multilingual Hotline
- Shelter Alternatives: Fostering Empowerment (SAFE)
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- and many more special projects, including a mentor program.
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NEW YORK ASIAN WOMEN'S CENTER WROTE -
The New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC) has recruited 20 runners to participate in the ING NYC Marathon on November 6, 2011. These runners have taken on the challenge of running 26.2 miles and fundraising at least $2,500 in support our life saving programs.
NYAWC helps women (and their children) recover from domestic violence and human trafficking. Our services are tailored to Asian women's cultural, social, economic, and legal circumstances. We offer shelter, counseling, legal assistance, children and teenage programs, assistance with obtaining education, housing, and work. Ultimately, NYAWC shelters women from harm, teaches practical skills and gives back their self-respect and hope for the future.
Our multilingual hotline provides assistance in more than 12 languages. As the largest Pan-Asian domestic violence and anti-human trafficking agency in the country, NYAWC helps over 600 women and children a year.
NYAWC Programs are Innovative:
- We are the only organization that received funding from the Mayor’s Office to serve human trafficking survivors.
- We work with a local healthcare provider to better identify and serve Asian domestic violence survivors.
- Our digital art therapy program uses modern technology to engage and assist teens.
FOR EACH WOMAN OR FAMILY STAYING IN OUR EMERGENCY RESIDENCES, NEW YORK STATE PAYS ONLY 75% OF THE COST. WE SEEK OUT DONATIONS TO COVER THE REMAINING PORTION.
- $50 can support a woman’s transportation costs for 10 visits with her counselor, lawyer, and social worker, and for job interviews and trainings.
- $100 can pay for one week of counseling, case management services, and vocational assistance for a woman in our non-residential and continuing care program
- $250 can pay for two weeks of services.
$500 can cover an average family’s costs beyond what the State pays for in a 5-day stay in our emergency residences.
Helen met her husband in China, while he was there visiting family. Helen was over 30 years old and felt enormous cultural and familial pressure to marry him because of her age. She believed that they would build a strong and trusting relationship in time, but as soon as she arrived in the U.S. to be with Frank, things started to go bad. Although he began beating her black and blue shortly after their marriage, she had been raised to believe that it was a woman's duty to keep her husband happy. In addition to the physical abuse, he would insult her and threaten her with divorce and deportation. At times, he would force her to stay alone in the apartment with their new baby for days on end with no money, no food and no hope. Helen was resigned to her life of misery, when her husband decided to send her to New York City to live with his parents - less as a daughter-in-law and more as an unpaid house worker. She was given the cold basement floor for her and her baby to sleep on. The physical abuse was so extreme that her in-laws had to unwillingly take her to the hospital for treatment. It was there that she finally felt unable to bear the abuse any longer. She was given a referral to a community-based organization, which in turn referred her to the NYAWC.
Helen arrived at our shelter with a year-old baby in her arms, drained emotionally, physically and mentally. She received food, clothes and a small grant for expenses like medications for herself and her child. Counseling services and support meetings with other residents gave her the emotional strength to pursue criminal proceedings against her in-laws and recover her documents from them. NYAWC advocated for her to receive Medicaid and other public assistance. Finally, with the help of a legal referral, she filed for a green card and within four months she received the document. Soon, the housing manager at NYAWC helped her find a place to live and moved out of the shelter into her own two bedroom apartment-a small start to her dream of a happy loving family.
“When I first heard that I could move into a shelter, I was scared because I did not know what to expect. But after I arrived at the New York Asian Women's Center's shelter my years of living in fear began to melt away. I have my own room there for myself and my baby. I have made friends with several of the other women and every night we make dinner together and talk about our lives. It feels so good to have other women who have gone through this to talk to.”
— Helen, NYAWC client
NYAWC has made a difference in the lives of abused women, like Maggie. Five years ago, Maggie was scrubbing the floor when her husband took a kitchen knife and sliced into the back of her neck. Through the years, Maggie stayed with her husband because, as a recent immigrant, she did not know what else to do. But, she knew that her two children were affected. Both witnessed their father’s murderous attempts. And, on another occasion, her young son had been forced to see his father have sex with another woman.
With help from NYAWC, Maggie successfully obtained an Order of Protection, child custody, child support, public assistance, and compensation as a crime victim. The public assistance benefits supplement her income from her job at a laundromat. She continues to live at home with her son and daughter, while NYAWC services help her family cope with the effects of her husband’s abuse as she continues to establish her own business and further solidify her security and self-sufficiency.