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Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly SAHELI) is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, that provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.

Our mission is to promote abuse-free Asian communities through advocacy, support, awareness and access to social services.

AFSSA envisions healthy, abuse-free Asian communities.

AFSSA specifically addresses the cultural and language needs of Asian and other immigrant families affected by domestic violence.  Our values and mission are reflected in our programs, which integrate culture and language specific direct services, educational programs, and community-based initiatives and advocacy.

Job Opening - Deputy Director (Full Time)

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from project management (business development, budgeting, framing of key approaches, program evaluation and support) to administration (information technology, reporting, facilities), and human capital (HR/recruiting, mentoring, career progression).
The Deputy Director will partner closely with the ED to chart AFSSA’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services. Preferred qualifications but not limited to: 5 years in a senior administrative management position in a nonprofit organization, foundation, or government agency; and Bachelors or Masters in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimally 40 hours per week, including evenings and weekend commitments. Salary range is $46,000-48,000 plus health benefits. Valid U.S. work permit required.
Please send cover letter and resume to AFSSA at or P.O. Box 14234, Austin, TX 78761. For more information, visit No phone inquiries."

Amplify Austin

This year, we are again partnering with Amplify Austin to launch our 1000 Cranes for Peace project! With your gift, not only will you kickstart the coolest origami project in town, you'll get to participate in the largest community fundraising event of the year! For every $10 you donate or raise through through Amplify Austin, a personalized crane with the donor or honoree's name will be added to the installation. For maximum impact, start a Flock of Cranes! When you create your own fundraising page, your friends and family can help grow your Flock.2015 is shaping up to be another exciting year for AFSSA. Our holistic approach to building peaceful communities requires us to work on many fronts simultaneously. Here's a snapshot of some of the activities we have lined up for the year:Expanding Therapeutic Counseling ServicesOur direct service programs continue to see a steady flow of survivors who are in need of crisis intervention and healing. Our counseling services are robust, and currently have a waiting list for appointments. We are looking forward to expanding the program with an additional counselor as well as the build-out of the Lola Wright Counseling Room, a designated healing space for adult and child survivors of abuse.Helping Sexual Assault SurvivorsThis is now the second year of operations for our culturally-grounded Sexual Assault program. There has been significant growth in the demand for these services and we are responding in kind. The program now has two full-time advocates providing support to survivors and a full-time community educator conducting outreach and prevention services for our diverse communities.Community EducationWe're excited to announce that we will be expanding our primary prevention work through girl empowerment activities, as well as our senior outreach work at the City of Austin Asian American Resource Center.Thank you for being a part of the AFSSA family! We are all part of a network of support that brings hope to families in need every day.

You can set up a donation through Amplify Austin HERE.

03/06/2015 - 8:40am - 03/07/2015 - 8:40am

Abuse is Wrong in Any Language (Hindi)

Abuse is Wrong in Any Language Hindi Translation to End Domestic Violence

Abuse is wrong in any language.

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation, please call our toll free helpline at any time, in any language, and in complete confidentiality: 1-877-281-8371.

Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly Saheli) specializes in providing services such as counseling and referrals to Asian families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. Call us. We can help.

Have you seen our new posters around town?

Have you seen our new posters around town? Our Community Education team worked hard to create five different posters to share with different Asian communities. If you know any organization or have any friends who would like to help us distribute the posters where they can do the most good, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator Kim at

Poster for Asian Families Domestic Violence Korean Vietnamese Chinese Mandarin


Domestic Violence in the Chinese Community

18% of Chinese Americans said that a woman experiencing abuse should not tell anyone. We disagree.

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