Saheli Team on What, Why and How of Domestic Violence and Abuse in South Asian Community in New England

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(Editor’s note: On the occasion of upcoming fundraising gala for Saheli on Dec. 8 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA, INDIA New England News has been publishing a series of articles and video interviews to create awareness about domestic and sexual violence. Here in a video interview with Saheli’s DV Advocate Renu Tewarie and Communications Coordinator Priya Murali on what, why and how of domestic violence.)

BURLINGTON, MA—The tragedy of domestic violence and abuse is that most of the time victims don’t even realize that they are being abused. What are key signs: the abuser wants to control the victim—from finances to behavior.

To watch the full interview, please click here or on the image below.

Saheli’s biennial fundraising event “Nirbhaya” will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

In 2018 alone, Saheli provided 183 women and 300 children with counseling, legal, and financial assistance, and in many cases, shelter, and protection in the area.

While addressing the issue of domestic violence in the South Asian community, the event will be a fun evening filled with food, friends, and music as Saheli celebrates more than 23 years of service in New England.

To buy tickets or to donate to Saheli, please go to Ticket prices are shown below. For information about Nirbhaya, sponsorship opportunities and group table purchases, please write to

Saheli’s Tax ID # is: 03-0547972 for income tax purposes. All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be sent.

If your company matches charitable donations, please send an online form to the above address and Saheli will submit it. Thank you for your help.

Early bird ticket prices (until 11/1/2019):

Ticket type: Age 13+: Individual: $75

After 11/1/2019: $85

Table of 10: $700.


  • $1,000 to provide 50 hours of Helpline support services to survivors of abuse
  • $750 to provide 25 people group therapy and support
  • $500 to provide educational assistance to 1 South Asian domestic violence survivor
  • $250 to train one volunteer to become an agent of social change in the community
  • $100 to buy 2 monthly subway tickets for a woman to obtain crucial services.


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