Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati A source of legal representation, information, advice, and referral for people in need of legal help in several areas like housing, family issues, domestic violence, immigration, employment issues, etc. Lower-income residents of Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren Counties are eligible for Legal Aid services. Legal Aid will arrange for services in any language. Tel: 513-241-9400 Toll Free: (800) 582- 2682 www.lascinti.org
Abuse & Rape Crisis Shelter - Warren County (ARCS): offers free confidential services of hotline, shelter, hospital, legal and social service advocacy, and peer counseling to survivors of abuse and sexual assault, their friends and families, and professionals.
RESOURCES Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum www.apiahf.org An Abuse Rape & Domestic Violence Aid & Resource Collection www.aardvarc.org YWCA of Greater Cincinnati www.ywcacincinnati.org Ohio Domestic Violence Network
BREAK THE SILENCE
ACA Asian Community Alliance
Women Helping Women A non-shelter, social service agency serving S o u t h We s t e r n O h i o p r o v i d i n g c r i s i s intervention, advocacy, support, and education/ prevention services to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Tel: 513-977-5541 24-Hour Toll free Crisis Line: 513-381-5610 TTY: 513-977-5545 www.womenhelpingwomen.org
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AND FOR IMMEDIATE HELP PLEASE CALL 911. Asian Community Alliance, Inc.
A non-profit organization providing quality, compassionate and culturally sensitive services for the Asian populations in Greater Cincinnati region through awareness, collaboration, and advocacy. www.acacinci.org Email: email@example.com
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
The YWCA provides safe protective shelter, 24hour crisis line assistance, and necessary supportive services for battered women and their children to move them toward selfsufficiency, independence and freedom from abuse.
ASHA-Ray of Hope (Columbus) www.asharayofhope.org Help/Counselor Line: 614.565.2918
ARCS 24-Hour crisis hotline: 1-888-860-4084 Toll free lines: Lebanon: 513-695-1107 Cincinnati: 513-925-1107 Dayton: 937-425-1107 Franklin: 937-261-1107 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.arcshelter.com
LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Services are available for immigrant women. International language line is also available. www.ywcacincinnati.org Tel: 513-241-7090 YWCA 24- Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines:
Association of Indian Physicians, Cincinnati
Hamilton County - YWCA Battered Women's Shelter
Tel: 513-872-9259 Toll Free: (888) 872-9259
Asian Community Alliance, Inc. 7550 Central Parke Blvd,
Eastern Area – (Clermont, Adams, & Brown counties) – YWCA House of Peace Shelter
Mason, OH 45040 email@example.com
† The data contained in this fact sheet is provided for information only. This information does not constitute professional or legal advice and is not intended to replace discussions with a service provider.
RAISING AWARENESS ON
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior by one person to control, frighten, and dominate another person within a close relationship. It may include psychological abuse, physical assault, sexual abuse or emotional abuse.
Tel: 513-753-7281 Toll Free: (800) 540-4764 Butler County (Middletown & Hamilton) – Dove House Shelter Toll Free: (800) 618-6523
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADDRESSED...YOUR RIGHT TO SAFETY † Facts ¢ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A CRIME. It affects women from all backgrounds and is against the law. The law protects you and your children, regardless of your immigration status, from isolation, intimidation, and any form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse you might suffer. You have the right to live in dignity. The epidemic of domestic violence exists across the diversity of our society and affects ALL communities. The experiences of Asian women who survive domestic violence are unique. Asian women face particular challenges when dealing with an abusive partner such as cultural and language barriers, limited access to housing, legal status, isolation, and economic insecurity. Often, these factors intersect to isolate the woman and prevent her from accessing services. Asian women’s access to services for domestic violence is further hindered when service providers are unable to adequately respond to their unique needs and barriers.
† Extent of the Problem ¢ Forty one to sixty percent of Asian women report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime in community-based studies compiled by the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence. This is higher than the prevalence rate for other groups: Whites (21.3%), AfricanAmericans (26.3%), Hispanic of any race (21.2%), mixed race (27.0%), and American Indians and Alaskan Natives (30.7%). It is also higher than the 12.8% rate reported for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the same national survey which may be attributed to underreporting arising from language and sociocultural barriers.
† SocioCultural Barriers ¢
• Lack of familiarity with systems and resources in the Cincinnati area, and community attitudes towards women are exploited by batterers and incorporated into their abuse; • Asian immigrants and those with limited English proficiency face language, economic, racial, cultural, religious, and/ or professional barriers to social and legal services; • The strong connection between public disclosure and shame in many Asian communities is also a barrier against seeking help; • Community attitudes reinforce domestic violence by utilizing victim-blaming, silencing, shaming and rejecting battered women who speak up or seek help.
† Effects of Domestic Violence ¢ • Physical abuse can result in serious injuries, hospitalization and even death. • Common psychological problems include feeling of hopelessness, lowered selfesteem, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder. Abuse can also trigger suicide attempts. • Children who are exposed to domestic violence are at risk for developmental problems, psychiatric disorders, school difficulties, aggressive behavior and low self-esteem. All these factors make it difficult for survivors to mobilize resources. However, many of the difficulties/symptoms may be resolved once the survivor and the children, if any, are safe and have support.
† Helping Others ¢ Victims of family violence turn first to those closest to them - extended family, friends, and neighbors before they reach out to an organization or local service provider. Hence, it is very important that the community is aware of area resources to help the victim when they come for assistance. The following guidelines may be helpful when deciding what to do if a friend discloses to you that she/he is being abused or approaches you for help: • Be sensitive to your friend’s feelings. Fear, ambivalence, anger, denial, and helplessness are all typical reactions to abuse. Let her know her feelings are reasonable and normal. • Inform your friend that there are laws to protect her and shelters for women who are being abused. There are also services available for men. • Allow your friend to tell her story. Listen carefully without being judgmental. Let your friend know that you believe her and that you want to help. Keep whatever you are told confidential. • Allow your friend to make her own decisions. Do not impose your ideas on them. Help them explore options and plans on how to stay safe when the violence happens and to prepare for an emergency. Let them know you care for them and their safety. • Be patient and attentive. Do not convey disappointment if your friend decides to return to the abuser. Let her know she can always come to you if there is a
problem. Understand that it is difficult to leave a home or someone you love, and that your friend may go back several times before leaving for good. Your friend has the most information about the abuser, and THEY are the best judges of when and how to make the best break in the safest way. • Avoid making unkind remarks about the abuser or pressuring the victim. This can backfire! Victims may pull away and alienate themselves from those who are trying to help. Instead, assist the victim to build confidence in herself. • Educate yourself about available resources and local Domestic Violence service providers. Websites of these providers will have phone numbers and useful comprehensive information on the services they offer. The more you know, the better you will be able to provide answers or referrals to victims you might come into contact with. • Volunteer with local Domestic Violence programs and at shelters. Victims feel comfortable to communicate with members who speak the same language and who can understand them.
!!! ATTENTION !!! DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS AGAINST THE LAW. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SEEK HELP. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE IN DIGNITY.