API Chaya’s Support Services for Survivors
API Chaya provides support to people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage and/or human trafficking.
API Chaya recognizes the diversity of experiences in Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities and strives to work with each individual within their own cultural context. We offer information and help survivors explore their options in a confidential and supportive environment.
All of our services are free and confidential.
We offer the following services:
- Helpline - API Chaya staff and trained volunteers are available to offer support, referrals, information, safety planning, and also simply to listen, on our confidential helpline. Our toll-free helpline is 1-877-922-4292 (1-877-92-CHAYA).
- Resources and Referrals – API Chaya Advocates assists survivors and their families with exploring options and in accessing a wide range of resources and services to meet their unique needs, including resources and referrals for housing, legal and immigration assistance, mental health, food and financial assistance programs.
- Advocacy-Based Counseling – We recognize each survivor’s worth and right to make decisions for themselves. We create a supportive space to talk about the dynamics of abuse or exploitation, to heal from trauma, decrease isolation, and increase skills that will help survivors build the lives and relationships they desire.
- Safety and Support Planning – We know that a survivor is the best expert in their own experience. Advocates offer ongoing support to build skills, choices and strategies to reduce harm and isolation.
- Basic Legal Advocacy – Advocates can help you think through options and support you in navigating complex legal systems by obtaining protection orders and accompanying survivors to meetings with lawyers. We work to connect survivors to appropriate legal resources.
- Support Groups – We offer support groups multiple times a year for survivors of sexual abuse/assault and human trafficking. Support groups offer opportunities to share experiences, focus on healing, connect with others and build skills in a supportive, engaging environment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about our next scheduled support group.
- Our Creative Arts Healing Group is open for enrollment. Please click here for more information.
How do I get support?
Please call our helpline 206-325-0325 or toll free: 877- 922-4292 and ask to speak to an Advocate or leave a message after hours. We generally return calls within 2 business days and can set up a time to talk with you. Advocates will ask questions to better understand your situation so they can help connect you with the best available resources.
What if I don’t speak English?
Our Advocates and staff speak around a dozen languages including: Gujurati, Hindi, Urdu, Japanese, Marathi, Tagalog, Vietnamese. We have API Chaya volunteers and professional interpreters available for those who speak other languages.
Do you only work with Asian, Pacific Islander and South Asian people?
Our human trafficking program works with people of all nationalities and backgrounds. Our domestic violence and sexual assault programs specialize in serving people from or affiliated with API and Middle Eastern communities. However, our services are not limited to these groups.
Where is your office? Can I come talk to you in person?
Our office is located in Seattle, WA. Our specific address is confidential for safety reasons. We work by phone and in person. Before having an in-person meeting we’ll need to have phone conversation with you first to make sure we’re the best fit for your needs.
What if I don’t live in Seattle?
We work with people throughout the Puget Sound area and occasionally elsewhere in Washington state. If you live farther away, we help connect you with the best resources in your area and can partner with those agencies to serve you.
How much does it cost?
All of our direct services are FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
I want to help my friend, can you call them?
Your friend must contact us first to request services. We honor and respect a survivor’s right to reach out for support when they are ready. You can help support your friend by telling them about our services, explaining that they are free and confidential. If your friend is not ready to call, we may be able to help you develop skills to support them in respectful and empowering ways.
I’m worried about my friend or family member. Can I call with questions?
Yes! We know that it is most likely for someone experiencing abuse or exploitation to reach out to a family member, friend or community member first. Our Advocates are here to answer questions and help you figure out the best way to offer support to your friend or family member.
I don’t want people to know my personal business, how do I know you’ll keep my information private?
API Chaya places the utmost importance on privacy and confidentiality. Especially because we work in small communities, we are very strict about maintaining confidentiality. If you feel nervous about your privacy being respected, feel free to call our Advocates and discuss your concerns before talking about your situation or revealing your identity.
I need a place to stay, do you have housing for me?
API Chaya does not have its own shelter or housing facilities; however, we have connections with many housing resources and providers and are often successful in helping people find either: emergency, short-term or long-term housing. Depending on your financial situation we may be able to help you find subsidized/low-income housing.