OVW Underserved Grant to Build the Capacity of our Community Partners in Serving Sexual Assault Survivors
We were recently awarded the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Underserved grant for two years! The grant is to support the development and implementation of outreach strategies regarding sexual violence in the underserved populations. It is a great honor to be awarded this grant along with 13 other recipients across the country.
With this grant, we have partnered with three ethnic-based organizations in Des Moines who are experts in their communities. We are able to support many survivors of sexual violence in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community and we are hoping to share our knowledge and to build direct services for survivors in other communities as well. We will work with our partners to provide outreach, education, prevention and intervention strategies to address sexual assault in the Bhutanese/Nepali community, Filipino community and the Arabic-speaking refugee community from Iraq and Syria. Our community partners are the experts and resources for the members of their communities and we are so proud to be working with them. Our partners are the Community Resource Center (formerly the Hindu Cultural and Educational Center), the National Federation of Filipino American Association- Iowa and Najah Cultural and Tutoring Services.
We will provide tools to community members who might have survivors come to them for support. By using peer-to-peer counseling we can provide culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate care. During the two-year grant cycle we will train staff and volunteer advocates, host educational and community building events, host culturally-rooted groups for victims and their families, as well as provide direct services. With this grant, we hope to serve more than 300 survivors of sexual violence across the state.
This partnership in building the capacity of the targeted communities will help serve many victims, their partners and their families who might not have otherwise sought help. We look forward to working with our partners and supporting survivors from all communities.