Asian-Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project

Rating: 5 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 14268 Washington DC 20044 USA

Mission: To address and prevent domestic violence in Asian/Pacific Islander communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. DVRP’s goals are to ensure that abused A/PI women have access to culturally and linguistically responsive resources in order to make their own life choices; to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence; and to unite A/PI communities against domestic violence.
Results: For nearly two decades, DVRP’s trained bilingual and bicultural advocates have worked with hundreds of survivors to help rebuild their lives—sometimes after years and multiple cycles of abuse. As the sole pan-Asian organization dedicated to serving A/PI survivors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, DVRP is often their only line of support when their safety is threatened. We counsel survivors, provide them with safety planning and peer support, accompany them to court, help them apply for jobs, and refer them to legal and medical services. DVRP also works tirelessly to raise awareness in communities where the issue of domestic violence has long been a source of shame or stigma.
Target demographics: Asian and Pacific Islander Communities
Geographic areas served: District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
Programs: Advocates Program DVRP advocates work one-on-one with women who are in past or present abusive relationships to ensure that they are informed about their rights and the available resources. Community Outreach ProgramThe Community Outreach Program is devoted to increasing awareness about the dynamics and impact of domestic violence in Asian/Pacific Islander communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Domestic violence is often misconstrued as an issue between two individuals. Domestic violence destroys individuals, families, and communities. In order to end domestic violence, every member of the community must work together to understand and take steps to support survivors and hold abusers accountable. DVRP facilitates group dialogues to examine the reality of domestic violence and ways to respond as individuals and as a community. Technical Assistance Program Assisting DV and A/PI organizations serving A/PI abused women through workshops and staff trainings on cultural competency and how to work with A/PI survivors; represent the needs and concerns of A/PI survivors at coordinated system response meetings (CCR meetings)
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

By volunteering than get to know this organization more deeply, and just really appreciate the service they provide for the domestic violent victims which is above and beyond than what they can ask for. Everyone working there are so committed, dedicated and fill with love and passion for what they do. DVRP has been giving hopes for so many people whom can start a new life again.

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2014

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DVRP has a group of very dedicated employees who always put the survivors first. I have never met more hardworking people in my life. Everyone I have met who has ever been a part of DVRP is so invested in the cause. I had the pleasure of hearing what some of the survivors had to say about the organization and a constant theme is how much they felt encouraged, inspired, and properly cared for by this organization. It's this personal touch that makes DVRP so distinct and such a great organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more funding.

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2013

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DVRP is as resilient as the people it helps: survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Having been involved with the organization for several years, I have had the privilege to work with dedicated staff members, advocates, board members, and volunteers- all of whom devote long hours to keep the organization running as smoothly as possible. DVRP has come a long way since I joined in 2008 and I can't wait to see how far it grows and thrives in the coming years. Keep up the great work, DVRP!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a bigger, heftier wallet so they could help more people in the community.

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Life-changing

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DVRP is a great organization to get involved with if you like to see the impact of your work almost instantly. I have served as a community outreach volunteer, an advocate who has worked directly with survivors of domestic violence, and am currently on the board of directors. Because of the invaluable work DVRP does every day to help survivors become safer, stronger, and more independent, I plan to stay involved with this terrific organization long after my board term ends.

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Despite having a small staff, I've seen firsthand the amount of effort and care that DVRP members put into upholding the mission statement. The Asian Pacific Islander population is steadily growing in the DC metropolitan area and it's great that DVRP is becoming even more visible in the community. This visibility is attributed to the commitment and leadership of DVRP Staff, Board, and Advocates.

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Life-changing

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DVRP started off as a group of women who noticed a disparity between Asian/Pacific Islanders and access to resources. Almost 20 years later, DVRP still operates in the same manner. DVRP staff, volunteers, Advocates, and Board members are all heavily involved in the community and intent on giving back. The first step towards ending gender based violence starts with the communities in the DC Metropolitan area. Members of DVRP are the most dedicated group of individuals that I've seen thus far. They work tirelessly in order to uphold the mission statement and end domestic violence in the A/PI communities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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I first served as a Bilingual Advocate with 40+ hours of training to advocate for survivors of domestic violence. I took on a survivor and my life has forever changed. I learned quickly that my presence in my survivor's life is essentially crucial. With similar cultural backgrounds, I was able to provide direct service and have a good rapport with my survivor who is need of assistance that was culturally competent.

Now I am currently serving as a Community Ambassador working on special events.
With years of wanting to do something about domestic violence in the Asian/Pacific Islander community, but did not know where to begin, DVRP and it's leaders gave me the opportunity to make this dream happen. I have seen the wonderful work that DVRP does first hand. DVRP has given me hope that we can be a step closer in ending violence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

shake a magic wand and have DVRP be filled with endless amount of financial and human resources to sustain their work for many decades to make a better world for the community.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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I was an intern with DVRP for one summer and truly believe that this organization is helping the Asian/Pacific Islander women of the DC area. As a part of my internship I conducted survivor surveys to see how our services were working for them and always was given great reviews. The advocates were all very helpful and passionate about what they were doing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Quite well

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Definitely

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2011

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I've been involved with DVRP as a volunteer for a little over a year and have been very impressed by the work the staff, advocates, and board put forth. With minimal staff and interns, DVRP fills the void within the DC Metropolitan area for domestic violence within the A/PI community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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