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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DVRP is doing such great work helping the Asian/Pacific Islander community. Domestic violence is still a very taboo subject in these community but DVRP handles everything with much sensitivity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Grace T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization serves a very neglected segment of our population and has provided the support needed through its dedicated staff and board members. I was first introduced to this group through an existing board member, who was very moved by the mission of this organization and wanted to play a key role in educating the public about domestic abuse especially in the Asian Pacific Islander subsegment of our community. I applaud the work this group is doing and would encourage all of you to join forces and support this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the DVRP through a current board member and have to say that I am tremendously impressed with the organization, its staff and board.

Above all else, the dedication of DVRP to its mission and clients is exceptional. I work for the federal government in DC and have been involved or am familiar with most of the A/PI-focused organizations. I can say without hesitation that DVRP is absolutely among the best-run and, in my opinion, perhaps the most important because of its critical mission and its under-served client-base.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have become familiar with DVRP over the past three years and am very impressed with the services that are offered for the Asian-Pacific Islanders that are in need of support when dealing with the crisis and challenges around domestic violence. I know that they offer services to aid clients in providing a confidential and safe place to receive help, along with language services (interpreters) and the staff is extremely dedicated in serving this community. I have attended several fundraisers and events promoting the awareness of DVRP, and was touched as well as enlightened to the extent in which this community pulls together for its people; so many lives have been changed and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DVRP does a wonderful job of filling an important need of our local community. I think the work they do, helping those suffering from domestic violence, is one of the more important needs in our community. If it was not for this organization, many women would be suffering silently. My experiences attending fund-raisers and awareness events has shown me how dedicated the members of this organization are to their mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my experiences with DVRP, I have been consistently impressed with the level of commitment, quality, and heart of the individuals who volunteer and work there.