Southern California Program

Center for the Pacific Asian Family

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
June 2018

The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) was established in 1978 to provide multicultural and multilingual services to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families.  In addition to its emergency shelter and a community center, CPAF operates two of only three transitional living programs serving the API population in Southern California.  Seventy-five percent of survivors at CPAF’s shelters speak little or no English and have been economically isolated by their abusers, who restricted access to employment, resources, and other means for economic independence.  A two-year grant from W. M. Keck Foundation will support renovation of CPAF’s second transitional living apartment complex, nearly doubling its capacity to support homeless, low-income survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children.  Over the estimated 20-year life of the renovations, the transitional housing program will serve a total of 500 people.  For API immigrant domestic violence survivors, abusers often withhold adjusting their spouse’s immigration status as a way to control and abuse them.  CPAF works to adjust their status immediately, connecting survivors to resources in up to 30 API languages and dialects to establish independent, violence-free homes.  For survivors fleeing abusers, living in a secure and undisclosed location with their children while they establish economic independence empowers them and aids the recovery process.  By the end of the project period, 80% of the program’s graduates are expected to exit to safe and permanent housing.

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