2015-2017 Project:

NAPIESV was successful in obtaining a two-year funding from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide training and technical assistance on culturally relevant services for API in mainland United States, U.S. Territories in the Pacific and Alaska to current and potential OVW grantees.

2014 Project:

For FY2013, NAPIESV received a one-year continuation of the Technical Assistance Grant by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to create a culturally specific curriculum that will act as a guidebook in providing culturally specific services to sexual assault victims from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.   NAPIESV is partnering with AF3IRM, Balik sa Dagat Bangka Journey, Banteay Srei, Mia Mingus, and Amita Swadhin in this project.

In addition to the curriculum, NAPIESV will be hosting monthly webinars and podcasts!  Join us!

October 2011 to September 2013

NAPIESV was awarded a fiscal year 2011 Technical Assistance Grant by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide training and technical assistance for OVW grantees and/or sub-grantees on developing and/or enhancing their capacity to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Asian and Pacific Islander victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence; to convene a consulting committee to conduct focus groups and interviews to determine the strengths and needs of organizations currently serving API victims; to compile a list of API organizations serving victims of sexual assault; to host a national summit; and to publish a report on the information gathered from the focus groups and interviews.

Community Assessments

NAPIESV is inviting community members and service providers to participate in focus group discussions about sexual violence – an issue that is less discussed by Asian and Pacific Islanders since it is perceived to be connected to sexuality, a taboo subject. For a number of participants/community members, this might be their first opportunity to discuss sexual violence. Therefore, it is potentially harmful to have conversations of such sensitive topic without a face-to-face rapport, creating a safe space, and providing support/counseling during the assessment.

Purpose: To understand perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors related to sexual assault in the Asian communities across the U.S.

Method: Listening Sessions (that include focus group discussions and individual interviews)
Focus group discussions are usually done face-to-face in order to allow in-depth discussions. The interaction between participants can result in increased elaboration and broader insight into understanding sexual violence in the Asian and Pacific Islanders. In addition, analysis of the focus group discussions will also come from both whole group interactions and individual behavior during the discussions.

Participants: NAPIESV will be hosting five (5) focus groups in five regions as a part of the National Community Assessment of Asian Pacific Islander communities and sexual violence. The five regions are: West Coast; Midwest; East Cost; U.S. Territories; and Alaska. The logistics, structure and planning for the five focus groups will be the same process.

Future Output:

  • Report on findings and community feedback based on listening sessions in 5 US Regions