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.
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!