AADA provides resources for domestically abused women from countries in Greater Asia who reside in Houston and neighboring counties.

Founded in 2001, AADA’s mission is to prevent violence against women. We work to strengthen and promote equal and healthy family relations within the Asian American Community. We do this through public awareness, support systems, community empowerment and collaborations with organizations sharing similar goals. Six percent of Houston’s two million populations are made up of Asian Americans and many of them are new immigrants to the country. Domestic violence is a hidden reality in these communities despite the main stream’s perception of these communities as the “Model Minority”; highly educated and hard working people. AADA bridges the gap in providing services to this community by addressing issues that would otherwise be kept behind closed doors.

 

What We Do

The goal of AADA is to empower women who trace their heritage to Greater Asia. To this purpose, AADA believes violence is a barrier and an important factor in the disempowerment of women. AADA considers violence against women to be more extensive than just domestic violence and sexual assault. Thus, AADA believes that attitudes, conditions, and behaviors that perpetuate women’s subordination in society constitute violence against them and works to eliminate violence in the lives of Asian women and their children who reside in Greater Houston area. AADA’s targeted population are women from greater Asia not just the people of a certain region, who reside in Houston, Texas. (e.g. India, Iraq, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Lebanon, etc.) Our Advocates speak up to twelve different languages. We aim to provide our victims with holistic services that will help and guide them to rebuild their lives independently, by permanently finding a safe solution for them through our resources, advocacy, safety planning and outreach.


We serve Houstonian victims from all over Asia & the Middle East


Languages We Speak

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Cantonese
  • Farsi
  • Filipino
  • Guajarati
  • Hindi
  • Russian
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
  • Taiwanese
  • Mandarin
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Mission

Since 2001, AADA provides resources and assistance for domestic abused women from countries Asia who reside in Houston and neighboring counties. Our Vision is to promote equal and healthy family relationships within the Asian community through public awareness, support systems, and community empowerment, and collaborations with organizations sharing similar goals.

 

Challenges

Unique Challenges we & our Asian American Victims Face:

  • Violence is seen as a family matter; seeking help outside the family is perceived as disgraceful to the family.
  • Asians who leave their spouse risk being ostracized from their entire community and support system.
  • A refugee from war or conflict abroad will often have no surviving relatives except a spouse, meaning any decision to leave will sever the last remaining tie to the family.
  • Experience in their countries of origin often cause Asians to mistrust uniformed authorities, preventing them from seeking help from police or utilizing the justice system.
  • They have been isolated by their batterers, many Asians are not knowledgeable about the community resources available to them.
  • Limited or non-existent English language skills and illiteracy in their native languages make it difficult for some Asians to build new lives in the United States; many mainstream service agencies present cultural and linguistic barriers to Asian families.