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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.

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Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

DVRP has always been an organization whose mission, vision, programs and goals were driven by survivors. The staff, board members and advocates often go above and beyond what is required in order to ensure that the needs of domestic violence survivors are being adequately met. In this economy, this isn't always easy, especially when competition for grants and donations are higher than ever in the non-profit world. Yet, even with very limited resources, DVRP has successfully implemented their programs and has not turned away any A/PI survivors from services (even when it meant that staff and advocates had to make personal sacrifices in order to ensure that survivors are safe). This is definitely a non-profit to support and watch in the coming year!