Asian Women’s Shelter AWS was founded in 1988 to address the needs of women, children and transgender survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, especially those who are immigrants and refugees. The survivors we work with every day embody the true meaning of courage, hope, and determination. They inspire our unrelenting commitment to end violence in our families, communities, and our world … (about 1/2).
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About 2/2: … The mission of Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) is to eliminate domestic violence by promoting the social, economic and political self-determination of women.
While we have the cultural and language capacity to address the specific needs of individuals from Pan-Asian backgrounds, we welcome all survivors. We provide language accessibility, educational programs, community-based initiatives and advocacy. All of our services and programs seek to address an interplay of factors affecting survivors, including sexism, racism, ageism, classism, ableism and heterosexism.
Because AWS recognizes the abuse of power as the root cause of violence, all of our work is rooted in an anti-oppression framework. We are a non-hierarchical, consensus-based organization and operate in a shared leadership model. We continuously seek to collaborate with other organizations in order to build a network of services beyond AWS. These efforts not only help us serve our clients, but create a stronger voice for our advocacy and policy work.
Anti-Oppression Framework: We understand domestic violence as gender-based violence, but there are many ways that people hate and divide themselves from one another. AWS actively uses a holistic approach in eliminating all forms of violence and oppression, while promoting shared power and equal access. All AWS constituents, including board, staff, volunteers, interns, relief workers, on-call language advocates, domestic violence survivors and community members, are committed to the powerful vision of living in a violence-free and safe environment.
Why Domestic Violence and Anti-Oppression?
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