DVRP is a nonprofit organization that provides unique services to DV survivors. It is an organization that has saved many lives. The staff, volunteers and Board Member go above and beyond constantly because they believe in the mission. The organization consistently adapts and provides many useful services for DV survivors.
Review from Guidestar
My experience with DVRP began as a Community Outreach volunteer and a year later, I joined the Board of Directors. Through my experience on the Board, I realized that DVRP was an organization that will always advocate and put the survivors that they serve first. The Board, Staff, Volunteers, and Supporters of DVRP work tirelessly to help the survivors of DV. This is a great organization, with a great mission, and with great people behind the scenes. This is not only a GREAT nonprofit, but one of the best nonprofit organizations I have had the honor of working with.
For over twenty years, DVRP has provided critical language and culturally appropriate support to survivors of domestic violence and their communities. All of this has been done with limited resources and through the extreme commitment of its staff, volunteers, board members, and allies.
Review from Guidestar
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.
DVRP provides excellent service to clients, filling a gap in support for some of the most under-served and vulnerable members of the community: victims of domestic violence in the various Asian and Pacific Islander communities living in the greater Washington, DC area.
Thanks to today's political climate, there is a growing awareness of the unique struggles faced by various immigrant communities. DVRP has been addressing the problems of members of linguistic and cultural minority groups, in particular (because of the level of need rather than the mission of the organization) women, for years. They are recognized for their particular expertise in providing services in a fashion that takes into account the culture of the client, an expertise they share with other organizations in the area. This means that not only do their clients get better service but the broader community benefits as other organizations' capabilities are improved by DVRP's work. Without factoring in the client's culture, the service provider will miss important cues from their clients, and may keep them from seeking assistance or even make their situation worse through re-traumatization or unintentionally exposing them to danger.
The dedicated staff and their network of volunteers stretch the funding they get, doing more with less than I have seen from any other group I have worked with. I started to contribute to DVRP because I knew people who would not be able to get the protection the government affords victims without DVRP's assistance. I continue to support them because I have seen that DVRP's impact extends beyond just the individuals they work with directly to expanding the capacity of other organizations helping other communities.
DVRP fills a critical need in the DMV region, assisting clients in traditionally underserved populations. In addition to being underserved, their clients come from communities in which awareness of governmental protections is low and seeking the assistance of institutions outside the community is discouraged. DVRP manages to address many gaps in the services provided by other organizations through the efforts of a small group of dedicated staff and a network of committed volunteers.
My family was introduced to DVRP and their work through a current employee, several years back. We've been very impressed by the work that DVRP is doing and the services they provide under very tight financial constraints. We've been donors for several years. DVRP is also the nonprofit I have under our Amazon Smile account. So, every time we purchase from Amazon, a small percentage is donated to the organization. I wish them all well and hope they continue to do the wonderful job they are doing. Their dedication to the cause of serving women of domestic violence is impressive. I hope they can get all the funding they need to continue their work helping the women in desperate conditions.
I grew up in Afghanistan where violence against women is widespread throughout the country. Women are still imprisoned for dating or for refusing to submit to forced/arranged marriages. This trend is prevalent in Afghanistan and many South and East Asian countries. Unfortunately. some of the families who migrate to the U.S. from these countries continue these abusive practices that include forced marriages, physical violence, and other forms of oppression. That is when DVRP's services come in. The staff at DVRP are dedicated and professional and are so incredibly important in advocating for the rights of the women whom, in most cases, have nowhere to go and no one to turn to. I trust this organization and believe there is a dire need in our community for their services.
A friend introduced me to DVRP a few years ago, and I'll always be thankful for that. It was through their resources and advice that I was able to gain awareness and strength I needed to get out of an unhealthy relationship. Thanks DVRP for all that you do!
A/PI DVRP is a rare find. I volunteered as a program assistant for 3 months, and I must say that this organization is one of true compassion and integrity. Covering a niche area has given DVRP the opportunity to ask important questions and innovate protocols to truly be culturally humble and survivor-centered. The staff work tirelessly to meet the needs of survivors and work to expand to new communities and meet an even greater need. Moreover, their expertise in language access and cultural humility shows by the technical training they provide to other mainstream DV/SA service providers. The actions and outcomes from the DVRP staff speak for themselves and truly demonstrate their admirable and innovative work.
I have been associated with DVRP for a year now. I found the members and the volunteers all very accepting of who you are and wonderful listeners with no judgment. The more experienced members/volunteers are always willing to impart their knowledge to help you. I am proud to be a DVRP volunteer and honored to be associated with such wonderful people.