October 2019 Newsletter
Domestic Violence Awareness
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. It began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. In 1994 Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Unfortunately, VAWA expired in February after 25 years, efforts to renew the Act has been stalled in the Senate.
Domestic Violence (DV) prevention is part of APA's mission. Under the Violence Against Women Project funded by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, APA/Asian and Pacific Islander Family Resource Network offers linguistically and culturally appropriate home visitation, prevention education, outreach, and intervention services to immigrant Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women, girls, and their families who are at risk for domestic violence and sexual assault.
The red wooden figures represent victims of domestic violence, each displaying a story of the abused
We offer a SafeStart Program that provides case management, parenting classes and parent-child group to families with children ages 0-6 who has been exposed to violence in the home or community. ACT Parenting Class focuses on educating parents to create early environments that protect them from violence. Superheroes group teaches parent-child building skills for children aged 5 and 6, helping children build self-esteem and to identify and communicate feelings to a trusted adult.
On October 3, Mayor London Breed announced that San Francisco police officers will have available a new mobile phone application "Honest Assessment Response Tool" to identify survivors who are at a higher risk for being seriously injured due to domestic violence. The survivors would then be encouraged to immediately speak to an advocate with La Casa de las Madres, an organization that provides support for survivors. (Source: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Francisco-Launches-App-to-Help-Domestic-Violence-Survivors-562039721.html)