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#16DaysOfActivism to End Gender-Based Violence 2019

November 25 – December 10, 2019

Gender violence doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Our fight to end it intersects with many other movements for social justice. While this adds layers of complexity and vulnerability for survivors living at the intersections of disadvantaged identities, it also presents valuable opportunities. Together, we build towards a world where power and privilege are equally shared among people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, and identities.
This year, for #16DaysofActivism, from the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (Nov. 25) until Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), we will be drawing attention to 16 ways our movement intersects with other social justice movements. Follow along on Twitter @apigbv or

Last year, for #16DaysOfActivism 2018, we shared information and resources on 16 forms of gender violence affecting Asian and Pacific Islander communities. See them all here.

Highlights! DVAM Gratitude and Solidarity

At the Institute, much of our work focuses on domestic violence as it affects Asian and Pacific Islander families and communities, engaging with direct service agencies to understand and address the unique dynamics created by race, culture, history, socio-economic status, and religion. At the same, we recognize that these identities are the very things that have been used throughout history to divide and oppress. That’s why we are so thankful to be in solidarity with amazing partners and allies, within API communities and without, who not only inspire our work, but make this movement feel like home. We want to take this moment to appreciate all of you moving in solidarity with us towards a world free of gender violence.

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Highlights! Centering API Survivors in Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Fall is finally upon us, and it brings Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing snapshots from our research on DV in Asian and Pacific Islander communities, as well as highlighting some of the inspiring work API community-based agencies are doing. In the meantime, here are three ways you can help center API survivors in DVAM

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Teach: Mainstream perception is that domestic violence is not an issue in Asian communities. “Model Minority” has long become a household term, minimizing the experiences of the 21-55% of Asian women who experience violence from a partner. Pacific Islanders, a minority within the API minority, are further overlooked due to their relatively small U.S. population. Our factsheets aim to increase visibility of API survivor stories and needs. Please help us by sharing them with your friends and networks!

 Speak: This month, we’re excited to be participating in NRCDV’s #1Thing campaign, because like NRCDV, we believe that change can start with only #1Thing. Visit their campaign website for ideas for #1Things as big as hosting a community event and as small as resharing something on your social media. Together, our #1Things can have a collective impact towards increasing awareness and support for API survivors of domestic violence.

Give: In 2018, NNEDV’s national 1-day domestic violence services census found that 9,183 requests for services went unmet due to insufficient resources. That means that almost ten thousand survivors went without shelter, transportation, childcare, or other needs on just that one day. This DVAM, consider donating money, giftcards, or household items to a local shelter — many agency websites list needed items like clothing or toiletries. Or, volunteer your time at a shelter or at a community event! Here are 160+ agencies serving API communities we’ve worked with that could use your support.

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Webinar Series from OVC: The OVC Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

Starting 10/18/19

Do you see signs that victim service work is negatively impacting your staff and volunteers? Are you ready to lead your agency in addressing this work-related trauma exposure and becoming a vicarious trauma-informed organization? Please join this upcoming three-part webinar series on the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) to learn how!

This series will equip you and your team with an evidence-informed assessment of your agency’s unique strengths and gaps, introduce you to concrete tools available in the VTT, and guide you in developing a customized agency strategy to respond to the work-related trauma exposure of staff and volunteers. The intended audience is managers, supervisors, and agency leadership who are ready to jump in and proactively address this issue.

Register for episodes below:

10/18/19 | 9:00 – 10:00 am PT | Getting Started – Getting Buy In
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11/8/19 | 9:00 – 10:00 am PT | Taking Our Temperature – Using the VT-ORG Assessment
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12/6/19 | 9:00 – 10:00 am PT | Now What? Moving Forward with Your Vicarious Trauma Action Plan
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For speaker information and bios, follow the registration links above. 

The webinars will be recorded, so if you are unable to participate in the live sessions, you will be able to access the recording on the OVC TTAC website.

Past Events

August Highlights: It’s Back To School Season!

It’s back to school season! As students flock to campus, it’s also a moment to remember the 1 in 5 students who experience campus sexual assault.

Research finds that over 50% of college sexual assaults occur August-November, a time period dubbed the “Red Zone.” Over these months, we will be be participating in End Rape on Campus’ #ReclaimRedZones campaign to reclaim the everyday parts of life that are interrupted by sexual violence. Check out their #ReclaimRedZones Syllabus for resources and ideas through the coming weeks. We hope you will join us in showing that there is no place for sexual assault on campus.

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How Will the ‘Public Charge’ Final Rule Impact Immigrant Survivors? Updated Advisory & Informational Webinar

The DHS rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility has been released and will be formally published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. If litigation does not prevent the rule from taking effect, the policy will become effective on October 15. As noted by Tahirih Justice Center, an initial review shows that the published rule will penalize immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who are subject to the public charge bar to admissibility, who use public benefits.

Informational webinar: 8/29/2019, 1:oopm PDT/4:00pm EDT to provide up-to-date analysis on the impact of the public charge inadmissibility rule on immigrant survivors. Save the date and register

Our Advisory, “How Will ‘Public Charge’ Policy Changes Impact Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault?” has been revised to reflect the provisions of the final rule. Download the Advisory to learn more about how public charge determinations will be made, which survivors will exempt, and how the rule will impact survivors and their families.

July Highlights: Directory Updates & Asian American Narratives

Happy August! Now that it has been nearly a year since the release of Crazy Rich Asians, the first major Hollywood movie in years to have a majority Asian cast, we are reflecting on how the portrayal of Asian Americans in popular media has evolved over the years. Though imperfect, Crazy Rich Asians — and now Always Be My Maybe, The Farewell, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Searching among others — are welcome counterpoints to Hollywood’s history of portraying Asians as caricatures, punchlines, or villains. They offer glimpses into the stories of Asian Americans from different, more authentic, walks of life: from a confused but determined single father, to a working class musician rekindling romance with a celebrity chef from a Vietnamese refugee family, and to wealthy Singaporean immigrants.

Each Asian American, as all Americans, has grappled with the question of where (not if) they fit into this country’s fabric. As Asians form one of the most diverse racial categories in the US, there is no one answer, and it is promising that the media and popular culture are beginning to recognize this. Undoubtedly there is still room for improvement — ‘brown’ Asians, low-income Asians, queer Asians, Pacific Islanders (the list goes on) still have not received representation in meaningful ways — but we are optimistic about the progress and look forward to further change.

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Directory of Community-Based Organizations Serving API Survivors Updated!

Our Directory of Domestic & Gender Violence Programs Serving Asians and Pacific Islanders includes information on over 160 amazing organizations across the U.S. and territories providing culturally-specific services or resources to Asian and Pacific Islander survivors of abuse. The Directory now also includes networks or coalitions providing resources, technical assistance/training, advocacy against gender-based violence, or other community services for API individuals. 

The Directory is used by advocates, survivors, and coalitions to find services or referrals, and the online database can be used to filter by location, by types of services, by language, or by ethnicities served. The directory is a reminder of how activists and advocates from API communities have organized, over the decades, to challenge cultural and patriarchal norms that have justify or minimize gender violence. 

Quick facts from the updated Directory:

  • Agencies provide services in over 75 Asian/Pacific Islander languages
  • Agencies provide services to survivors of over 56 Asian/Pacific Islander ethnicities
  • 78% of agencies conduct case management 
  • 65% of agencies provide interpretation or translation 
  • In addition to addressing domestic violence cases, 72% of agencies also have specialized services for sexual abuse/sexual assault survivors, and 44% also have specialized services for individuals experiencing abuse from in-laws

Download the updated Directory or browse the Online Database

and download our report A-Z Advocacy Model: Asians and Pacific Islanders Build an Inventory of Evidence-Informed Practices to learn more about the work done by directory agencies. 

June Highlights: Honoring All Communities, All Survivors

Happy Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month! With World Refugee Day (June 20th) also just behind us, there is no better time to honor Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ, immigrant, and refugee communities: to hear their voices, to recognize the barriers they face, to celebrate their contributions, and to commit to holding space for them.

These communities enrich all of us, and the heritages they carry should be uplifted, not suppressed. Regardless of geographic origin or identity, we have always, and will continue to stand for all survivors of violence; and for healthy relationships built on love and respect, rather than power.

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Advisory: How Do Recent HUD Proposed Rules About Verification of Immigration Status Impact Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Assault?


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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed regulations that change longstanding policy relating to immigration status verification requirements and disallowing those ineligible for federal housing assistance (i.e., members of “mixed-status” households) from residing in HUD’s public and specified assisted housing programs. This advisory describes impacts of the proposed rule on immigrant survivors of violence.

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By Grace Huang, J.D. 
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence 

May 2019

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