Outreach & Visibility
AWS is committed to breaking the silence that perpetuates
violence against women. Building public awareness is the essential
first step in encouraging communities in prevention and
intervention. We strive to make our response public, so that our
visibility emboldens others in our communities to take a stand.
Many survivors who are marginalized cannot access support and
services, so we make a concerted effort to make ourselves an
accessible resource. We do this in a variety of ways:
1. We make outreach and visibility an organizational
commitment; all staff, volunteers, language advocates,relief
workers and interns contribute to this core effort.
2. We table at community fairs where people do not
automatically expect a connection to domestic violence.
3. We participate in community events like Dyke March and
San Francisco Pride to build the visibility of AWS's Queer Asian
Women & Transgender Support program.
4. We participate in marches and actions that reflect our
values. For example, AWS participated in the anti-war marches in
2002-2003 and created a banner in order to show that AWS as an
anti-violence organization was showing up to call out for peace and
a de-escalation of violence.
5. We speak at events, conferences, to media outlets, via
print media, etc. to spread our messages to our communities.
6. We create accessible educational and resource materials
and then distribute them broadly to the places where our community