Asian and Pacific Islander Institute Provided ‘Lifeline’ to Lauren

Photograph of a young Asian womanA young college student in search of the American Dream was put back on track after being derailed by domestic violence.

Lauren, a survivor of domestic violence, credits the Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence as her lifeline during a difficult time.

API Institute, a Family and Youth Services Bureau grantee, helps victims of domestic violence obtain culturally specific resources and support in their communities.

Lauren, a young Asian woman, felt her life was unraveling. She came to the United States to attend college and escape an abusive family back in her home country. 

She dated a classmate who threatened and stalked her. The trauma she experienced from the stalking and from past abuse continued to haunt her, and she was unable to stay focused in class. She lost her housing and her student status was at risk. She had no one to talk to and nowhere to turn. 

She found API Institute’s website, and by email and phone the institute helped her connect to a domestic violence program and a culturally specific program within her community.

Unfamiliar with resources and procedures in the United States, and with few existing resources for Asian immigrants in her area, Lauren found that the API Institute became a lifeline for her.

API Institute is a national training and technical assistance provider and a clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. The institute serves a national network of advocates, community members, organizations, service agencies, professionals, researchers, policy advocates and activists from community and social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women.

The API Institute’s strategic agenda for programs, communities and systems focuses on analyzing the critical issues that inform prevention and intervention in violence against Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women. This goal is achieved by improving the cultural relevancy of services; providing the tools to confront and change gender norms; and conducting research and policy reviews that increase access to systems. For more information, visit API.