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
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!
- Statistics on Gender-Based Violence in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities
- Factsheets on abuse in Chinese, Filipino, Hmong (new!) Korean, Muslim, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Vietnamese communities
- Technical assistance brief on Domestic & Family Violence Dynamics in Asian and Pacific Islander Homes
- Our most-downloaded publication, the Facts & Stats Report: Domestic Violence in Asian and Pacific Islander Homes, will be revised this month with updated statistics!
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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- August 2019: Back to School Season
- July 2019: Directory Updates & Asian American Narratives
- June 2019: Honoring all Communities, All Survivors
- May 2019: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- April 2019: Resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- March 2019: Celebrating Women’s History Month
- February 2019: Lunar New Year
- January 2019: Human Trafficking Awareness Month
- 2018 Yearly Highlights
- November 2018: Safety for immigrant survivors & launch of Alliance for Immigrant Survivors
- October 2018: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- August 2018: API-GBV National Summit