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Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project

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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: To address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. DVRP’s goals are to ensure that survivors of gender-based violence 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 sexual assault; and to unite A/PI communities to speak out against gender-based violence.

Results: In the two decades since our founders first saw the gaps in services for A/PI survivors in the DC metropolitan area, DVRP has served over 1,100 survivors (174 survivors in the last year alone). In fiscal year 2016, DVRP's Outreach Team reached over 3,000 community members in discussions involving healthy relationships, the importance of consent, and signs of domestic violence and sexual assault. We also trained almost 500 service providers, advocates, and volunteers on cultural humility, language access, and the unique experiences of A/PI survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our number of community partners grows the more intersectional our work becomes. We are proud to have close relationships with A/PI LGBTQ+ organizations, immigrant rights groups, and language justice advocates. Our hard work has been noticed. In just the last few months, DVRP was selected to be the recipient of the University of Maryland's Sigma Psi Zeta's annual charity dinner fundraiser. In January 2017, The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund awarded DVRP their annual Community Service Award.

Target demographics: Asian and Pacific Islander Communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 174 survivors of gender-based violence, and trained 488 service providers, advocates, and community members on issues about domestic violence, sexual assault, and cultural humility.

Geographic areas served: District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia

Programs: Survivor Services Program DVRP Case Managers provide culturally appropriate, linguistic services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in past or present abusive relationships to ensure that they are informed about their rights and the available resources. Community Outreach Program The Community Outreach Program is devoted to increasing awareness about the dynamics and impact of gender-based violence in Asian/Pacific Islander communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Domestic violence is often misconstrued as a private issue between two individuals, while sexual assault is considered a very taboo topic. DVRP starts these difficult, but important, conversations in the community to prevent, address, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. Training and Technical Assistance Program DVRP's trainings improve the ability of mainstream service providers and A/PI organizations to better serve A/PI survivors through workshops and presentations on cultural humility, domestic violence/sexual assault 101, and language access.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Amaryah J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DVRP team is very professional and friendly. I have been associated with them for almost two years now and I am always encouraged by them to take on step ahead in my life! They are very supportive group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.