ASHA-Ray of Hope

ASHA-Ray of Hope

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ASHA-Ray of Hope

ASHA-Ray of Hope exists to support and counsel victims of domestic violence in Ohio, especially in the South Asian community. Through advocacy, collaboration and awareness activities, ASHA will help to educate the greater community and connect victims with the resources they need to achieve self-reliance.


Services provided are diverse and are created to meet each client’s specific needs. ASHA-Ray of Hope exists to connect victims of Domestic Violence in the South Asian community with help, assistance, and resources that already exist in the mainstream. Instead of duplicating efforts and depleting resources, we work and partner with programs already in place in the City, County, and State government. What makes our services unique is our understanding of South Asian culture and our knowledge of South Asian society, customs, and traditions. Thus the counseling that our clients receive is culture sensitive.

One of the major changes of 2011 was the complete separation of Direct Services and Indirect Services. Direct Services include volunteers who work in direct contact with victims who seek our assistance while Indirect Services are involved in advocacy and awareness activities. They work completely independently of each other. To serve in the Direct Services group, we mandate proper credentialing, require 40-hours DV training, and instruct all volunteers to work under the direct guidance of a state- certified licensed counselor.

Direct Services
We provide the following domestic crisis support and assistance:

  • Help Line maintained by credentialed domestic violence advocates.
  • Culture-specific and culturally sensitive counseling by state certified Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Transportation for clients for court and doctors’ appointments
  • Safety Planning
  • Referrals to appropriate legal services (through Legal Aid or the Capital University Legal program) and Immigration attorneys
  • Assistance in accessing necessary resources in conjunction with various partner organizations and existing programs for women.

Indirect Services

  • Spreading Awareness by participating in local community festivals
  • Advertising in local community directories
  • Utilizing media tools: website, email, TV and news media, & publishing Newsletters
  • Organizing Film Festivals including peer group discussions & Community Resources/Networking
  • Fundraising/Financial Support
Contact Information:
ASHA-Ray of Hope (moved to New Location!!!)
4900 Reed Road, Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio 43220
Counselor Line: 614.565.2918
Phone: 614.326.2121
Fax: 614.326.2131
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800 799-SAFE or 1-800 799-7233

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