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)