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159 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and 90 children received lifesaving services through DVRP’s Survivor Services Program: obtaining protection orders, ﬁnding safe haven in shelters, building an effective safety plan and ﬁnding a sense of community again. The majority of these survivors would not have reached out for help without culturally and linguistically speciﬁc services.
With your support, 17 domestic violence and cultural competency trainings were facilitated for domestic violence service providers and staff at Asian/ Paciﬁc Islander community based organizations. “I have trust in my advocate, trust in DVRP’s conﬁdentiality and I feel safe having a safety [plan].”
With your support, 2,000 Asian/ Paciﬁc Islander community members were informed about the dynamics of domestic violence and where to seek services through basic domestic violence and cultural competency trainings. This resulted in an increase in calls to DVRP’s hotline in 2012.
ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCE PROJECT
In 1995, a diverse group of Asian/Paciﬁc Islander (A/PI) women came together to discuss the issue of domestic violence in their communities and the resources available to assist survivors. These women, the Founders of the Asian/Paciﬁc Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP), discovered that over 500 abused women reaching out for help were unable to access culturally and linguistically appropriate services necessary for their unique needs. In response to the lack of services, the Founders created the A/PI Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) to provide services to all A/PI survivors living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (including northern Virginia and Maryland) and to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence within the larger community. We continued to fulﬁll this mission in 2012. Now, more than ever, survivors are reaching out for help. Through the work of staff, advocates and board members, we have been working to bring safety to these courageous individuals while empowering them to regain control of their lives.
To address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse.
Since 1996, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) has provided services to survivors of domestic violence in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Dear DVRP Family and Friends, 2012 was a year of survival. This year, the Asian/Paciﬁc Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project continued its tradition of dedicated service to Asian/Paciﬁc Islander (A/PI) survivors of domestic violence in the Washington, DC metro area, serving 159 survivors of domestic violence, a record number in DVRP’s 16year history. Like many small non-proﬁts across the country, DVRP was hit hard by budget cuts, but we persevered. The loss of a major funding source brought staff, advocates, board members, and the community together to ensure that DVRP’s work could continue. In 2012, DVRP launched the Restoring Hope campaign, which raised $26,124 in a span of 6 months. DVRP is extremely lucky to have a selﬂess group of dedicated leaders. Jessica Li, DVRP’s Interim Executive Director, has proven herself as an inspiring and strong leader - forging relationships and serving as a voice for DVRP in the community and constantly advocating on behalf of survivors. Amara Tek, the Advocates Program Coordinator, who initially joined DVRP as an intern, works tirelessly to lead the work of DVRP’s advocates. DVRP’s team of 35 advocates, who speak over 20 languages, are the backbone of our work with survivors. They provide the direct-client support that not only helps survivors but also saves lives. The Board of Directors has worked hard to fundraise, apply for grants and support the work of staff and advocates. I would like to personally thank DVRP’s staff, advocates, board of directors, and community partners, who have all worked to make this not only a year of survival but also of success. Our work continues - from the day to day work such as helping survivors obtain orders of protection, providing peer support, and as always, working every day to end domestic violence. We are forever grateful for your support. Sincerely,
Olivia Nevitt! ! ! ! President, Board of Directors !!
Chanda Guth Vice President, Board of Directors
SURVIVOR SERVICES PROGRAM
Ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate services lies at the heart of DVRP’s Survivor Services Program. DVRP’s staff and bilingual advocates provide direct services in over 20 Asian/Paciﬁc Islander languages, including: Arabic, Balochi, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Mongolian, Nepali, Panpango, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Toishanese, Urdu and Vietnamese. Speciﬁc services include: peer support, safety planning, crisis intervention, emergency transportation, court accompaniment, interpretation and translation, ﬁnancial empowerment, life skills development and referrals for shelter, legal, and social services. DVRP utilizes an empowerment model of advocacy, enabling survivors to have the necessary information and resources to make their own life decisions. Key Accomplishments in 2012: • Provided direct, individual case management services to 84 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Washington DC (9.5%), Maryland (44%) and Virginia (46.5%) • Assisted 75 survivors through DVRP’s hotline, providing peer support and emergency resources in Washington DC (18%), Maryland (37%) and Virginia (44%) • Primary ethnicities served: Japanese (15%), Chinese (15%), Indian (11%), Filipino (11%), Thai (8%) and Vietnamese (8%) • Survivors represented the following ethnicities: Bangladeshi, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Iranian, Iraqi, Japanese, Kazakhs, Korean, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Nepali, Pakistani, Russian, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Tibetan, Thai, Vietnamese • Supported 90 children of survivors, providing access to education, food and a safe place to stay
ANGEL: Taking Back Control of Her Life
Angel never expected herself to become a survivor of domestic violence. She was an educated and successful woman. She met her husband 18 years ago, who was in the U.S. military and had been stationed in Asia. He visited her frequently in the Philippines afterwards and they eventually got married and moved to the U.S. “The ﬁrst 10 years of our marriage were ﬁne. Then after a conﬂict one evening, I almost left him. But ... I didn’t.” The physical, emotional and psychological abuse started after Angel discovered that her husband had been cheating on her. They tried counseling together but it only escalated the abuse. “I called the police for help. My husband had a gun.” After that incident, Angel reached out to DVRP for help. DVRP helped her put together a safety plan, apply for food stamps, provided her with a cell phone for emergencies and began a search for pro-bono family law attorneys in Virginia. The hardest part for Angel was watching the effects of domestic violence on her children. Her son became angry and suicidal. So Angel worked hard to hold her family together, working jobs that paid very little and making sure that she was providing emotional support for her kids. Today, Angel is a strong and inspirational woman, who has found happiness out of dark situation. “Today, I feel so blessed. Before, I only focused on my family and my husband. Now, I have so many friends, so many people who helped me along the way.”
*The name of the survivor has been changed to protect her identity.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
AWARENESS & PREVENTION
Ending domestic violence and sexual assault requires education, commitment, training, and collaboration. Domestic violence itself is not a widely spoken issue and is often considered a “private family matter”. DVRP uses a diverse array of tools to further this awareness including the arts, ethnic media ads, translated brochures, survivor stories, and working directly with A/PI community organizations. Key Accomplishments in 2012: • Over 2,000 community members were informed about the dynamics of domestic violence in A/PI communities through the distribution of informational materials • Organized visual events such as the “Courage to Survive” Monologue Show and a ﬁlm screening at Marymount University to raise awareness about violence against women • Established partnerships with A/PI domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in major U.S. cities
“Cruel World” Dance at DVRP’s Monologue Show Photographed by Tamara Blair, May 2012
TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
DVRP was founded to ensure that abused A/PI survivors reaching out for assistance would have access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services. To accomplish this objective, DVRP trains community leaders to recognize signs of domestic violence and provides them with the appropriate tools to respond effectively to the needs of survivors. Key Accomplishments in 2012: • 17 domestic violence and cultural competency trainings were facilitated for A/PI community based organizations and domestic violence service providers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC • Trained 23 new Bilingual Advocates to work with survivors of domestic violence • Collaborated on case management with legal and/or transitional housing programs to ensure survivors received holistic services
“They still feel [perceived as] ‘foreigners’ in the eyes of the public and the ofﬁcials of these organizations. They are not ﬂuent, ashamed and afraid.” ! ! - A/PI survivor of ! domestic violence
BOARD AND STAFF
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Staff Jessica Li, Interim Executive Director Amara Tek, Program Coordinator Kadiatou Diallo, Program Assistant
Ofﬁcers ! ! ! ! Olivia Nevitt, President! ! Chanda Guth, Vice President! Lakshmi Sridaran, Secretary Josh Saliba, Treasurer Board Members Indira Edwards Melissa Hung Kathy Kwak Shanya Purushothaman Amy Van Arsdale Shiwali Patel
Melody Chen Sonia Huq Yukari Jones Miki K. Ann Khilji Jessica Lee Uuganbayar Marder Haruka Nobukuni Kopphorn Persse Ma. Jesusa T. Pineda Ammar Rai Jeffanie Rantung Tasnim Shahjahan
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013
Operating Revenues Contributions Federal Grants State Grants Foundation Grants Total Operating Revenues $27,350 $78,254 $43,035 $14,000 $162,638
FY 2012 $13,250 $34,570 $88,637 $0 $136,457
Operating Expenses Program Services Advocates Program $123,981
$89,257 $23,802 $5,950 $119,009
Community Outreach Program $22,993 Training & Technical Assistance Program Total Program Services Supporting Services Fundraising Administrative Expenses Total Supporting Expenses Total Operating Expenses $360 $2,836 $3,196 $152,639 $2,469 $149,443
$177 $5,116 $5,293 $124,302
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“There has not been a lot of
change in my life, but [DVRP] is helping me in moving forward.” -Survivor
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