Groups to Transform Family Beliefs and Behaviors
LOS ANGELES–AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity), a coalition of community–based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander people in Los Angeles County and beyond, and its partners today released its report on “Preventing Domestic Violence in Four Asian American Communities with a Gender Equity and Empathy Approach”. The report was produced with generous support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation and details the results of a two–year pilot project to address domestic violence in LA’s Cambodian, Chinese, Korean and South Asian communities.
According to statistics cited in the new report, “domestic violence (DV), also known as intimate partner violence, is experienced by 16–55% of Asian American women in their lifetime.” Because DV manifests differently across communities, AAPI Equity tapped into the knowledge of its community partners to develop two culturally–attuned prevention curricula, one aimed at parents and one aimed at teens. Each curriculum was grounded in social justice with a focus on practicing non–violence, Manjusha P. Kulkarni, executive director of AAPI Equity Alliance
cultural dynamics surrounding intimate relationships and healthy relationships in Los Angeles Asian American communities as well as recommendations on how to approach the multi–layered issue of domestic violence,” said Kulkarni.
Apart from suggested improvements to the curricula, organizers said the pilot project also helped participants examine their own perspectives, while still holding space and honoring cultural values and immigrant experiences. Facilitators in the parent groups saw improvements from pre– to post–evaluations in terms of parent perspectives on gender equity. They also saw improvements in the youth participants in terms of their confidence in their own ability to practice self–empathy to create and maintain healthy relationships.
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AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity) is a coalition of over 40 community–based organizations serving the diverse needs of the 1.5 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County and beyond. It is dedicated to improving the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through civic engagement, capacity building, and policy advocacy.