Our Mission and Story

Mission Statement

The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) is a non-profit organization in Washington, DC.  Our mission is to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse.

Our Story

In 1995, a group of Asian/Pacific Islander women came together to discuss the issues of violence against women in their community.  These women, the Founders of DVRP, surveyed area service providers and found that over 500 abused A/PI women were unable to access culturally and linguistically appropriate services.  This lack of services prevented survivors from accessing the critical resources they needed to lead healthy and safer lives.

Today, DVRP’s programs and structure is survivor-created and survivor-driven.  DVRP has served over 1,100 survivors in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, empowered community leaders to speak out against violence and provided trainings to various audiences on cultural competency and domestic violence awareness.