This special collection includes specific resources for Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander victims who may feel strongly connected to their cultural group in accessing resources, regardless of their religious affiliation. “…For some (but not all) Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the patterns, types and dynamics of domestic violence differ (APIIDV).” These cultural differences may include multiple batterers including family and marital family members who work alone or together in perpetrating abuse, which may look different from domestic violence experienced by other cultures.
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
“The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center and clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. It serves a national network of community-based organizations; advocates and professionals in legal, health, mental health, and social services; government agencies; state coalitions; national domestic and sexual violence organizations; and activists from communities and social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women. Its goals are to strengthen advocacy, promote community organizing, and influence systems change. It identifies and addresses critical issues, provides technical assistance and training, conducts research, and engages in policy advocacy.” This organization provides training curricula, tools, resources, and translated materials, including:
- Directory of domestic violence programs serving Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: This directory provides a listing of over 120 programs serving Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the continental U.S., Hawaii, and the Pacific islands and other jurisdictions.
- Training Curriculum: Domestic Violence Against Asian and Pacific Islander Women: This training curriculum outlines dynamics of violence against Asian and Pacific Islander women from diverse communities and offers community outreach and engagement strategies to reduce violence against women.
ASHA for Women
“ASHA means ‘hope’ in several South Asian languages. ASHA for Women, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicates its services to provide community-based, culturally-competent support to South Asian women and their children who have faced domestic violence in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. ASHA for Women was one of the first South Asian domestic violence organizations to be formed in the United States. Founded in 1989, it was created in response to the needs of South Asian women who face language, cultural, and social barriers, and fall through the cracks of the domestic violence service system.”
"The mission of the API Chaya is to organize communities; to educate, train, and offer technical assistance; and to provide comprehensive culturally relevant services on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community members, service providers, survivors, and their families. We are one of the few organizations in the country that serves Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community members, survivors, and their families. We also assist mainstream service providers who serve API refugees and immigrants." API Chaya is based in Seattle, WA.