ASHA for Women Helps Victims of Domestic Violence, with Support from MurthyNAYAK Foundation

When ASHA for Women was founded in 1989, there was a dearth of resources in the D.C. metro region for South Asian women enduring domestic violence. Language and cultural barriers too often became roadblocks for such women in the region, many of whom were immigrants with little understanding of the protections the government offered to women in need. Now, more than 25 years later, ASHA for Women is one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the D.C. metro area, which extends into Maryland and Virginia, and provides support to women of South Asian descent seeking to escape abusive and violent relationships and rebuild their lives. Over the years, ASHA has helped empower thousands of abused women by providing free legal, financial, educational, and mental health assistance.

Proud to be a longtime supporter of ASHA, the MurthyNAYAK Foundation (MNF) is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization established by Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, and Vasant Nayak, photographer and media expert, who is Murthy’s husband. In addition to providing direct financial contributions to ASHA for Women, MNF also has assisted by providing ASHA with free public service videos through MNF’s service organization, Site2Sight Productions. With a mission to improve the lives of society’s most disenfranchised members, including women, children, and immigrants, MNF has become a natural ally with ASHA, as the two organizations work toward the common goal of offering a helping hand to those most in need.

Asha means “hope” in several South Asian languages, and ASHA for Women offers just that – hope to women who are living in fear and anguish; hope for a future where all women are able to feel safe and secure in their own homes.


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