Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource (Washington DC , DC)


  • Name:Ms. Shanya Purushothaman
  • Title:Board of Directors

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource
  • Address:PO Box 14268
    Washington DC , DC 20044
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:202-464-4477

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) is to prevent domestic violence (DV) and to raise awareness of this issue among Asian Pacific Islanders (A/PIs) in the Washington, DC metropolitan (metro) area.

  • Overview:
  • “(My husband) beat me, humiliated me, treated me like dirt…Being Japanese, it is very difficult to ask for help and tell people that I need help. If I did not reach DVRP, I think that I would have gone back home to my husband. When I knew there were people who were also Asian and understood our culture and traditions, I think my journey towards a new life started.” – DVRP client

    Need: Research has shown that 41-61% of Asian women experience DV. Public health studies have found that women who are killed by their intimate partners are significantly more likely to be immigrants and that immigrant women suffer higher rates of DV than U.S. citizens due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, a lack of access to and awareness of their legal rights and bilingual social services. Despite the presence of DV in the A/PI community many mainstream service providers are challenged to provide adequate services to A/PI survivors often because of language and cultural barriers. In addition poverty exacerbates the cultural barriers that prevent A/PI survivors from accessing help. Another challenge to mainstream service providers is the diversity and growing population of the A/PI community in the DC metro region. The 2010 census data shows that the DC metro region comprises of more than 570,000 A/PIs, a 60% increase in the population since 2000. A/PIs represent many ethnic groups and the largest groups in the DC metro region are Indian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Most of the survivors that reach out to DVRP for help are also limited English proficient and/or newly immigrated to the United States. Among DC Asians 15.7% speak English less than very well, and 4.5% live below the poverty line.

    Activities: DVRP was created to meet these challenges. Through three programs, Advocates Program, Training and Technical Assistance and Community Outreach, DVRP is able to offer free direct services and community outreach, helping our community prevent DV and provide choices for survivors.

    DVRP’s Advocates Program trains bilingual Advocates to work one-on-one with survivors to provide peer support to inform them of their choices in addressing the DV in their lives. Some of the major activities the Advocates provide include: safety planning; interpretation and translation; court accompaniment; emergency transportation; development of financial empowerment and life skills; assistance in applying for public benefits; referrals for shelter, legal and social services. Each Advocate receives over 55 hours of training on cultural competency, community resources, safety planning, effective communication and language interpretation. Currently DVRP has 40 Advocates who speak over 24 A/PI languages and work with 90 survivors.

    DVRP complements direct peer support activities with outreach and education. As the only DV organization in the DC metro area with specific expertise regarding DV in A/PI communities, DVRP’s Training and Technical Assistance Program offers technical assistance to staff of other service providers through cultural competency workshops and collaboration with community organizations on DV. DVRP is the primary presenter of cultural competency trainings at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, DC SAFE and at Doorways in Virginia. We are currently planning a training at the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). Through DVRP’s Community Outreach Program we raise awareness of DV and the resources available to survivors by participating in community events such as local Chinese New Year celebrations and doing trainings at businesses. At these events DVRP may make presentations and distribute language-appropriate materials available in A/PI languages including a "Frequently Asked Questions" brochure (which is translated into 13 A/PI languages), DVRP's services brochure, and lipstick sets (given to survivors who need to keep DVRP's contact information hidden from their abusers). DVRP regularly conducts events - the most recent event was DVRP's "Courage to Survive: A Monologue Show", which was held in May 2012. This show portrayed the real stories of survivors and the challenges that they have to overcome. In November, DVRP is hosting the seminar “Dialogue on Domestic Violence in the Pacific Islands” (, to highlight the experiences of Pacific Islanders and DV in the DC metro region, and we have been asked by Deloitte's Va office to conduct a training.

  • History:
  • In 1995 community activists, responding to the growing A/PI population in the DC metro region, conducted multi-modal research with area service providers in order to determine how the A/PI community was impacted by DV. The results of the research estimated that there were over 500 abused A/PI men and women who were utilizing existing agencies but whose needs were not being met due to the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. In response to the lack of services DVRP was formed in 1995 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1996, with three objectives: 1) ensure that abused A/PI women have access to culturally and linguistically responsive resources in order to make their own life choices; 2) raise awareness about the problem of DV; and 3) unite A/PI communities against DV. In the last 16 years, DVRP has provided empowering, life-saving services to hundreds of survivors.

    DVRP operates on a survivor empowerment model and aims to empower survivors to make their own life choices. In fact, many of DVRP’s programs were shaped and/or created by survivors. By providing one-on-one peer support through Advocates, DVRP strives to ensure that survivors’ voices are heard as they navigate through legal and social service systems. For example, a limited English proficient survivor will be assisted by her Advocate (who will provide interpretation/translation) in order for the survivor to understand her legal rights and immigration status and converse with law enforcement. Throughout this process, the Advocate acts as an interpreter and advocates on behalf of the survivor. As a result of the high quality services that survivors have received through DVRP, a few have gone on to become Advocates. Their goal is to ensure that other survivors receive the same quality of services from DVRP as they did.

    The bilingual component of the Advocates Program is based on the Multilingual Access Model, an evidence-based model for outreach and services in non-English speaking communities (Violence Against Women Net. ). This model was developed by the Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) in San Francisco, CA, and was recognized by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the U.S. Department of Justice as a national model program for reaching underserved communities. Direct services are provided in more than 24 A/PI languages, including: Arabic, Balochi, Bangla, Cantonese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Nepali, Panpango, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Tagalog, Tamil, Toishanese, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese.

  • Year established:1996
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:2


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:52-2027991

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:522027991
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 14268
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20044-4268
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 1997
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:R20
  • Asset Amount:$116,346
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$416,264
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$416,264
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:06:17 pm

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