History

Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1993.

Seeing the need for a longer term domestic violence transitional shelter and for culturally sensitive supportive services in a multi-lingual setting to assist Asian and Pacific Islander and immigrant families from all backgrounds, Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was founded and dedicated to providing a safe haven and support services for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence of all races and backgrounds. 
 In 1996, after much hard work to raise awareness and funding from the community, friends, and federal and local government agencies, APWC purchased a two-story apartment building in Los Angeles. The building was renovated and opened its doors in 2000 as a confidential transitional shelter with twenty-four beds for battered women and their children. During their stay up to eighteen months, APWC transitional shelter provides culturally sensitive and language appropriate supportive services including life skill and employment development; permanent housing advocacy; welfare benefits assistance; counseling support; and access to legal and health assistance. In addition to the supportive services from APWC staff, APWC volunteers contribute over 500 hours every year to enrich the program services for these families

Families come to APWC transitional shelter from emergency shelters throughout Southern California. Each family occupies their own apartment unit where they are able to feel like they have their own independence for their family unit. From 2000 to 2005, APWC has provided over 4,000 shelter beds each year to house these battered women and their children. In 2006, APWC provided over 5,000 shelter beds for these families.

Beginning in 2005, through our Community Education and Empowerment Program at the Alhambra School District, the first domestic violence program based in a school, APWC provides comprehensive social services and community resources to families in the San Gabriel Valley where the Asian and Pacific Islander population is one of the largest growing communities. Since then, APWC's Community Education & Empowerment Program provides over 200 hours of case management services, counseling, art workshops, children's conflict resolution workshops, and community education workshops helping to serve 200-300 individuals each year.

APWC helps every family move into their own residence. The need for secure, affordable, and safe permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence that provides stability for these families is crucial. APWC has partnered with a non-profit developer, Abode Communities, to build a fifty-two unit affordable housing complex in Van Nuys – Ivy Terrace. Fifteen units are dedicated to domestic violence families graduating from the transitional shelters throughout Southern California. APWC serves as the supportive service partner of the project to help these families in needs. Doors opened in July 2010.

To fund its ongoing programs and outreach including violence prevention, APWC continues to rely on grants, donations and sponsorship at its annual fundraising gala and friends in the community.