Womankind

Womankind

Womankind has over 4 decades of experience, starting from a single phone line in 1982 and trailblazing the path for other community based organizations to follow. We've won awards for our agency's own model of practice- 'MAP"(Moving Ahead Positively). An agency-wide strategy, MAP relies on the utilization of a combination

Womankind

Womankind has over 4 decades of experience, starting from a single phone line in 1982 and trailblazing the path for other community based organizations to follow. We've won awards for our agency's own model of practice- 'MAP"(Moving Ahead Positively). An agency-wide strategy, MAP relies on the utilization of a combination of any of nine interrelated guiding precepts or objectives: safety first, cultural humility, trusting and healthy relationships, permeable boundaries, pathways in healing, valuable connections, adaptable services, holistic wellness practices and healing circles, and community collaboration, education and awareness. Many of our majority Asian staff body of 80 are survivors in their own right, having lived experience that they bring to their work at Womankind. Our agency is led by women of color, who collectively have several decades of experience supporting survivors of gender based violence, immigrants, people of color, and in nonprofit operations. Most of our staff are bilingual, possess experience in the area of violence against women, advocacy within the Asian communities, and have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. All supervisors to Advocates are either licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed master social worker (LMSW). More than half of our direct service staff have Master’s degrees. Our staff reflects the varied personal experiences of the city’s Asians, immigrating to the U.S. at different ages and under different circumstances, or born in the US. Direct service staff is well trained, knowledgeable in specific Asian cultures, and experienced in working with Asian families and domestic violence, sexual assault survivors and survivors of human trafficking. Additionally, Womankind boasts a volunteer roster of over 150.

About the Organization:

Womankind has over 4 decades of experience, starting from a single phone line in 1982 and trailblazing the path for other community based organizations to follow. We've won awards for our agency's own model of practice- 'MAP"(Moving Ahead Positively). An agency-wide strategy, MAP relies on the utilization of a combination of any of nine interrelated guiding precepts or objectives: safety first, cultural humility, trusting and healthy relationships, permeable boundaries, pathways in healing, valuable connections, adaptable services, holistic wellness practices and healing circles, and community collaboration, education and awareness. Many of our majority Asian staff body of 80 are survivors in their own right, having lived experience that they bring to their work at Womankind. Our agency is led by women of color, who collectively have several decades of experience supporting survivors of gender based violence, immigrants, people of color, and in nonprofit operations. Most of our staff are bilingual, possess experience in the area of violence against women, advocacy within the Asian communities, and have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. All supervisors to Advocates are either licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed master social worker (LMSW). More than half of our direct service staff have Master’s degrees. Our staff reflects the varied personal experiences of the city’s Asians, immigrating to the U.S. at different ages and under different circumstances, or born in the US. Direct service staff is well trained, knowledgeable in specific Asian cultures, and experienced in working with Asian families and domestic violence, sexual assault survivors and survivors of human trafficking. Additionally, Womankind boasts a volunteer roster of over 150.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

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

Alabama • Arkansas • Colorado • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Nebraska • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Wisconsin

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

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

Alabama • Arkansas • Colorado • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Nebraska • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Wisconsin

The Issue:

Gender based violence is incredibly common with 1 in 4 women in America experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking during their lifetimes. The rates increase dramatically amongst immigrant communities and women of color- up to 1 in 2 among AAPI women and 1 in 3 among immigrant women in aggregate. In NYC, Asians and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing community, nearing 18% of the total population. Despite this, there are few places for an AAPI survivor to go for help. Most domestic violence helplines focus on providing service in English and Spanish, and many push survivors to prosecute their abusers, move from their homes/abusive situation and some design and implement services focused on women in their 20s and 30s, not recognizing that gender-based violence occurs across the lifespan and those from various stages in their lives will have very different experiences and resulting needs. Compounding this issue is a deep seated culturally stigma inn AAPI communities against discussing issues surrounding gender based violence and in reporting abuse to the authorities. The result creates an environment of physical and social solation where survivors are unable to find, access or gain meaningful help to gain safety and long term recovery from trauma.

The Solution:

Our community lives at the intersection of gender-based violence, poverty and immigration. As an agency, any attempts we make to help raise up on our survivors must bear in mind these multiple, cross-cutting identities. To address gender based violence in the AAPI community in NYC, we: -Provide immediate help, as well as ongoing support—1-1 advocacy, counseling, information and referral, crisis intervention and emergency shelter. We also provide family law and immigration legal services, creative arts therapy, wellness activities, mentoring program for children and youth, support groups, consultations on housing, economic empowerment, and welfare benefits. -Recognize that its crucial to engage with survivors (in a culturally relevant way) that is accessible to all survivors -Perform regular community outreach and education with the aim to demystify the stigma surrounding GBV. -Engage in advocacy efforts, in working to change policies that exacerbate the impact of GBV in AAPI communities.

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