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)
I've been a supporter of DVRP for several years now. Despite falling upon hard times like many small nonprofits during the recession, DVRP made smart investments so that they could continue to serve their clients while at the same time planning for future growth. As a result of this and the hard work of their staff and board, DVRP is now in a much stronger financial state that it was even before the recession began.
I've been involved with DVRP for four years and have seen first hand all of the great work it does. As the only organization in the DC metro area providing support services to Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence, DVRP serves a critical role in the community. Through a small, but extremely dedicated staff and bilingual advocates who between them speak more 20 languages, DVRP has been able to help dozens of women each year to reclaim their lives from their abusers.
I was introduced to DVRP almost a decade ago. I've been impressed by the commitment of the board and the executive director and volunteers in providing and expanding domestic violence services to the Asian Pacific Islander community. I hope that DVRP continues to receive support in expanding it's services and meeting it's mission of targeting domestic violence in the API community.
I have been nothing but impressed with the professionalism of DVRP advocates and staff. They provide crucial services to an under-served population in the DC area and do so with an eye for culture, language, and other factors that are so often overlooked. Their model of working one-on-one to meet the needs of their clients and their holistic approach are much-needed additions to the services available to survivors of domestic violence.