Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (A/PI DVRP)

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (A/PI DVRP)

Asian/Pacific Islander (ADVRP has been at the forefront of providing culturally competent, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered services for the A/PI survivors and community in the DMV region since 1996. We are an organization founded and run by members of the A/PI community dedicated to implementing community and survivor support programs fully

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (A/PI DVRP)

DVRP has been at the forefront of providing culturally competent, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered services for the A/PI survivors and community in the DMV region since 1996. We are an organization founded and run by members of the A/PI community dedicated to implementing community and survivor support programs fully acknowledging that intersecting identities and systems of oppression create the need for a complex and comprehensive response. Our staff and board of directors are 100% from come from the same A/PI communities that DVRP serves, including diverse gender identities, and survivors of gender violence. The value of lived experience helps us better understand & respond to the issues and challenges experienced by our clients. In order to assist survivors, DVRP has created a transparent work environment and we uphold feminist and non-hierarchical values through the staff we hire and the values we promote. The staff collectively has over 50 years of expertise in the field of gender violence and working with the A/PI community. DVRP is uniquely positioned within the gender violence field because we recognize the responsibility of being the only pan-Asian organization in the DMV region providing direct services to A/PI survivors. Our understanding of the cultural nuances that affect a survivor’s likelihood to reach out for help makes us determined to break stigmas around abuse, sex, mental health, and healthy/unhealthy relationships. We focus not only on direct services, but on fostering systemic change within the community through education and outreach. And for nearly three decades, we have been engaging the community regarding these highly sensitive topics and changing and challenging beliefs and attitudes on domestic violence and sexual assault. Our use of social media and language-specific outreach materials means we can reach limited-English proficient and marginalized A/PI populations that are vital in the inclusive approach we strive for. Our methodology has always been survivor-centered, community-based, trauma-informed and non-oppressive and we bring this unique approach to this service, as it is the only way to truly provide help, education and outreach to this diverse and underserved community.

About the Organization:

DVRP has been at the forefront of providing culturally competent, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered services for the A/PI survivors and community in the DMV region since 1996. We are an organization founded and run by members of the A/PI community dedicated to implementing community and survivor support programs fully acknowledging that intersecting identities and systems of oppression create the need for a complex and comprehensive response. Our staff and board of directors are 100% from come from the same A/PI communities that DVRP serves, including diverse gender identities, and survivors of gender violence. The value of lived experience helps us better understand & respond to the issues and challenges experienced by our clients. In order to assist survivors, DVRP has created a transparent work environment and we uphold feminist and non-hierarchical values through the staff we hire and the values we promote. The staff collectively has over 50 years of expertise in the field of gender violence and working with the A/PI community. DVRP is uniquely positioned within the gender violence field because we recognize the responsibility of being the only pan-Asian organization in the DMV region providing direct services to A/PI survivors. Our understanding of the cultural nuances that affect a survivor’s likelihood to reach out for help makes us determined to break stigmas around abuse, sex, mental health, and healthy/unhealthy relationships. We focus not only on direct services, but on fostering systemic change within the community through education and outreach. And for nearly three decades, we have been engaging the community regarding these highly sensitive topics and changing and challenging beliefs and attitudes on domestic violence and sexual assault. Our use of social media and language-specific outreach materials means we can reach limited-English proficient and marginalized A/PI populations that are vital in the inclusive approach we strive for. Our methodology has always been survivor-centered, community-based, trauma-informed and non-oppressive and we bring this unique approach to this service, as it is the only way to truly provide help, education and outreach to this diverse and underserved community.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

26-30 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

District of Columbia • Maryland • Virginia

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

26-30 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

District of Columbia • Maryland • Virginia

The Issue:

Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) seeks to address, prevent, and end gender violence within A/PI communities and empowers survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. The global pandemic brought to the forefront longstanding, deeply embedded systemic inequities that disproportionately impacted marginalized and racialized communities, including A/PI communities. A/PI individuals saw a rise in racial identity-based violence and harassment; the latest in a long and complex history of oppression, marginalization and violence targeting A/PI people. As the nation eases into a post-pandemic world, DVRP is committed to meeting the evolving needs of A/PI survivors of gender violence across the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region. Instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other gender-based violence remain high and has been on the rise in light of the pandemic. For example, DVRP saw a 220% increase in calls to our hotline during the pandemic. And there is a notable scarcity of services available to victims that are culturally-sensitive and tailored to the needs of foreign-born and non-English speaking victims. DVRP primarily works with low-income, immigrant women from Central, Eastern, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. Approximately 70% have limited or no proficiency in English. Immigrant and refugee communities in particular felt the full force of the pandemic as quarantine compounded already existing barriers to accessing critical economic and social support. With quarantine in effect, DVRP’s case managers immediately saw an increase in concerns around housing instability, unemployment benefits, food insecurity, and how to access stimulus checks and government/community emergency funds.  Our clients are currently more vulnerable to gender violence– many are/were isolated at home with abusers; facing increased forms of abuse, including physical, sexual, psychological, and economic; and in vulnerable situations with little to no form of community support. And mainstream domestic violence and sexual assault services and mental health resources available often fail to address the complexity and intersectionality of systemic harms affecting the lives of A/PI people. The lack of essential cultural awareness and competence among domestic violence and mental health service providers directly contributes to the existing service inequity.

The Solution:

DVRP provides culturally-specific and linguistically-appropriate domestic violence and sexual assault services to diverse A/PI communities. DVRP’s key strategies and activities in the next year will respond to gender-based violence--taking into consideration shifts and barriers that have arisen because of the pandemic--using a three-pronged holistic strategy to address the increased demand in the DMV area for domestic violence and sexual assault services. We will work toward this vision through 1) a survivor empowerment approach to direct services and case management that is survivor-centered, trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically responsive 2) expansion of DVRP’s mental health resources and support services; and 3) development of spaces within A/PI communities to educate and create awareness of gender violence; discuss responses to gender violence, and address its root causes through outreach and training. We will also provide training for area social service providers to increase cultural humility and competency. DVRP ensures that services meet new needs of the communities we serve. For example, after last year’s attacks against Asian women in Atlanta, we provided trauma-informed art therapy workshops as healing spaces and a source of support to our A/PI community; a space for healing and support. The success of the project showed a need--and a gap--for these type of healing spaces in a population where mental health is still seen as a stigma. As another example, we saw how Covid-19 and the anti-Asian violence continues to have significant impact on mental, physical, and communal health of A/PI communities and domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.  In response, DVRP has been creating spaces within our community by conducting multiple Community Listening Sessions (where participants are compensated for their time) to better understand the experiences of the A/PI survivors. We focus on a survivor-centred service delivery. Our innovative model promotes empowerment, voice, and choice as we respect the self-determination of survivors to make their own choices. We help that process by offering them all resources so that they can make the best choices for themselves. Throughout the organization and among the clients served, individuals' strengths are recognized, built on, and validated and new skills developed as necessary.

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