Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander agencies serving battered women have made community organizing integral to their prevention work. These approaches may not necessarily fit conventional notions or models of prevention but they are critical to winning the trust of a community and changing the culture of gender violence.
Community organizing is a process through which communities are helped to identify common problems or goals, mobilize resources, and develop and implement strategies for reaching the goals they have collectively set. Organizing in immigrant and refugee communities involves an intuitive and complex bi-cultural understanding and sensitivity to intra-ethnic, generational, class, identity, and regional differences.
Broadly speaking, the goals of prevention are to stop behaviors and change attitudes. Organizing has the same goals, and in addition, it is deeply invested in community activism to change patriarchal power. Its goals include:
The level of activism in our communities to prevent gender-based violence is extraordinary. There are currently about 130 domestic violence agencies and programs in the U.S. serving Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders – a direct result of the commitment of our women activists and leaders.
Persons depicted are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.
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