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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the first time I serve on the board of a nonprofit organization, and I could not have picked a better one. Not only are they focusing on an underserved segment of the population in the tri-state area (VA, MD, DC), but they are doing it with a lot of passion, love and dedication. I commend the staff for their hard work and commitment to their beneficiaries and the board for their high level of involvement and commitment to the organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm so proud to serve as a board member for a nonprofit with such a worthy mission: to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. DVRP has an incredibly dedicated and talented staff. In spite of many challenges, the organization has consistently grown each year, and in 2016, reached 3,000 community members with our programs. The small but mighty staff of seven provides free and confidential service in over 20 Asian/Pacific Islander languages, cultural competency and domestic violence trainings to service providers, law enforcement and Asian/Pacific Islander community-based organizations, and extensive community outreach. I'm truly amazed by how much they do for the community each year.

Board Member

Rating: 5

DVRP's dedicated staff provides essential services for Asian Pacific Islander domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. DVRP's three-pronged approach of providing case management, outreach and training fills a critical void in the DC metropolitan area, as DVRP is the only pan-Asian focused organization providing these services. I continued to be inspired and encouraged by the staff and Board of DVRP.

1 Chaitra S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

DVRP is the only organization in the DC Metro area providing crucial services to victims of gender-based violence who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. The commitment of volunteers, staff, and Board to providing culturally competent and evidence-based practices is unrivaled. The organization has had to face several stumbling blocks (lack of ED transition, funding cuts, and staff turnover), but the community rallied for the doors to remain open because they believed in the need for the services.

1 Caryn S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

DVRP's staff are committed and dedicated and go above and beyond the call of duty to provide support, care, and indeed lifesaving services to a very vulnerable population. Since joining the board earlier this year, I have been impressed with the long term vision and day to day work alike.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of the Board of Directors for DVRP since the beginning of 2013. The organization and its leadership are guided by a strong mission and unique methodology that prioritizes the various needs of domestic violence survivors in the API community. It continues to be a one-of-a-kind organization that provides both direct services and outreach and education in the community at large. I continue to be impressed with the level of engagement by staff and advocates, the presence in the community, and the breadth and depth of relationships with other allied organizations DVRP has cultivated in a short time. As someone who has worked in the non-profit sector my entire career, it is especially heartening to see a non-profit utilize financial savvy to continue expanding programs, administer such effective services, and serve as a strong community voice for API's and the issue of domestic violence. DVRP is a critical anchor in the DMV area and deserves immense recognition for its dedication and results.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of DVRP in 2013. DVRP is supported by an extremely talented and dedicated staff and team of volunteers and advocates. The organization provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and in doing so, fills a very important need. In 2012, DVRP assisted 159 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, a record high in DVRP's 17 year history. It is an honor and inspiration to work for such an organization and with such talented people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

DVRP works incredibly hard to provide much-needed support and services to Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the DC-MD-VA area. DVRP doubled the number of survivors served last year despite funding challenges and continues to expand its assistance to diverse members of the A/PI community in 20 languages. I am inspired by the commitment of my colleagues on the board, as well as the vision and dedication of our Executive Director and meaningful contributions of our staff, volunteers and advocates.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I served on DVRP's board from 2008-10 and I continue to stay in touch with the organization. It has pulled off an impressive feat by not only remaining in existence when other DV orgs in the area folded, but thriving as it charges ahead with new and redefined services. Personally, I am thrilled to see that DVRP recently installed an executive director after going for years without one! And they are also increasing the staff size, which will ensure the organization's services reach more people than ever. I look forward to celebrating many more successes to come, and will continue supporting this fantastic organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

DVRP is one of the only organizations I've seen that accomplishes so much on such a lean staffing model. The combination of staff, board, advocates, and volunteers is extremely dedicated. The two years I served on the board were incredibly difficult with budget cuts and their cascading effects, but it was also inspiring to see how we all pulled together to ensure DVRP's critical services would continue. I learned a ton from this experience and also made wonderful friends along the way. Even after my board term ended, there were many opportunities to witness the immense efforts put in by the newer folks involved with DVRP. I still attend events and support this wonderful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the honor of joining the board of the A/PI DVRP in August of 2013, having been inspired by the spirit and dedication of DVRP's staff, fellow board members, advocates, volunteers, and survivors.

The A/PI DVRP provides specific services that - without exaggeration - are life-altering for many survivors. There is - again, without exaggeration - nowhere that these brave individuals can turn to that provides the breadth or depth of culturally-specific services that the DVRP does.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm on the Board of DVRP and am thrilled to be working with such an incredibly important organization. DVRP has very dedicated and talented staff, volunteers and advocates. As the only pan-Asian organization that provides culturally competent services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in DC, MD and VA, DVRP fills such an important need, and it truly is an honor to be working with the organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

DVRP is a unique organization that provides needed services to empower survivors of domestic violence in our community. As a former Board member, I worked with dedicated DVRP staff, past and present Board members and numerous community supporters to help sustain the organization during difficult economic times. I worked with diverse, passionate women at DVRP whose commitment to the organization was inspiring. The organization is resilient and with continued support it will be able to provide effective services to our community.