Womankind was founded in 1982 as the New York Asian Women’s Center, only 6 years after the first domestic violence shelter opened in New York City.
A student at Hunter College's School of Social Work rallied a small group of impassioned community activists to discuss the dearth of services available to Asian immigrant women suffering in domestic violence situations.
Thus, Womankind was born from a single phone—effectively establishing the first helpline, and lifeline, for Asian domestic violence survivors on the East Coast.
In the 37 years since, the agency has grown to become a leader in providing multilingual and culturally-responsive services to help survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence rise above trauma and build a path to healing. Our dedicated team of 70 staff and 150 volunteers collectively speaks 18+ Asian languages and dialects.
Through our programs, we offer survivors access to a safe place to live, counseling, legal assistance, wellness activities, and so much more. Though we are an expert in serving Asian communities, our services are valuable and available to all. Because of our specialty, we are contacted for assistance nationwide and even internationally. Whether in our services or in our increasing advocacy and policy work, Womankind first centers the survivor by uplifting them to control their own lives and narratives.