Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 2016

In This Issue
Events / Opportunities

Purple Purse Campaign

1 in 4 women experiences Domestic Violence in her life time. And the #1 reason they can't "just leave" is because they're being abused financially. 

Join our campaign:
09/28/2016 - 10/25/2016

For more information about AACS and the Purple Purse Campaign, caontact Chin-Yin Shih at 614-220-4023 x 224 or

Women's Quilting Group 

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm @AACS

This project seeks to connect women, share stories of  courage, create beauty, and move towards healing in our lives with one another. 

All craft supplies will be provided, and take-home kits will be available. The group will be hosted at AACS (4700 Reed Rd., Suite B, Columbus Ohio, 43220).

To learn more about our quilting group or are interested in attending, please contact our Program Coordinator, Yihong Dong at  or 614-220-4023 x 100 .

Ikebana Classes:
Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement

New sessions will resume in December, 2016

To learn more about our Ikebana classes or are interested attending, contact our Program Coordinator,  Yihong Dong at
or 614-220-4023 x 100.

Senior Benefits Program

If you have questions about:
-Medicare Part A, B, & D
-Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)
-Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
-Food Stamp Program (SNAP)
-Where to go for help
-Other related questions

Please contact  Yihong Dong at  614-220-4023 x100 or
Affordable Care Act

Open Enrollment Period for 2017:
11/01/2016 - 01/31/2017

Free help! Signing up for health coverage (Obama care and Medicaid)
If you need more information, please contact:
Chin-Yin Shih 614-220-4023 x 224 or


GOTV Door-Knocking Campaign
10/15 (Fri), 9:30a - 1:30p
Location: TBD

AACS will conduct a door-knocking campaign in to engage households with eligible AAPI voters and remind them to vote on Election Day. Free food and refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

GOTV Phone-Banking
10/28 (Fri.), 5:30-8:30p
& 10/29 (Sat.), 9:30a-12:30p
Location: AACS Offices

AACS will conduct a two-day phone-banking campaign to engage households with eligible AAPI voters and remind them to vote on Election Day. Free food and refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

Stipends are available for student organizations that provide volunteers for our civic engagement activities.

Deadline to register to vote in this year's elections in Ohio is October 11.

If you are interested in volunteering for our civic engagement activities,  please contact Asafu Suzuki at or 614-220-4023 x 240 .

*You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to register voters or to engage in GOTV activities!*

Korea 1950
11/11/2016 - 04/02/2017
Ohio History Center

See an extraordinary exhibit of Korean War photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning  Associated Press photographer Max Desfor.

Adult: $10
Youth(6-12): $5
Senior(60+): $9
Ohio History Connection member or Child(5&under): Free.

Join AACS at our Asian Gala as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary. This year's theme is "Our Journey, Our Stories," which reflects the collective journey of our community and each of our individual stories.

Date: November 11, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Location: Dublin Recreation Center

Lao Volunteer Donation Association:
Monthly Provisions Giveaway

10/15 (Sat) @ 11 am - 2 pm
1160 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, OH 43209

Families who qualify can receive fresh fruits, veggies, and other staples. Bring your own Bag!

For more information, please call the Lao Volunteer Donation Association at 614-506-1167


From the Director

Greetings, AACS Family!

Football is back in full swing. Halloween candy is starting to line store shelves. It's Pumpkin Spice season again. October may seem like a month full of fall fun, but it is also a month designated to shed light on a serious issue that affects all of our communities.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to a national survey, 35.6% of women and 28.5% of men in the U.S. reported experiencing rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence affects people of all races, cultures, income levels, occupations, and ages. The Asian community is no exception with 41-61% of Asian women report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime according to the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence. Domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a serious problem that impacts not only the direct victim but those around them and even greater society as well. Over 3 million children witness domestic violence each year, and research of several ethnic Asian communities have shown high rates of children's exposure to domestic violence. Children who witness domestic violence are more likely than their peers to have delayed academic successes, to have self-esteem and behavioral issues including delinquencies and substance abuse, and to become abusers themselves as adults. In addition, domestic violence costs the U.S. economy over $8.3 billion a year due to related absences, dispatching of local police, and other costs resulting from abuse.

Although domestic violence awareness has come a long way over the past few decades, stubborn myths persist and hinder our progress towards the elimination of this terrible crime. One particularly harmful myth is the notion that domestic abuse victims can "just leave" if they really wanted to. This line of thinking not only blames the victim for his/her abuse but also fails to acknowledge the various methods of manipulation and control that the abuser deploys to prevent the victim from leaving.

The Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse campaign seeks to shed light on financial abuse, an invisible weapon that abusers frequently use to prevent their victims from leaving the relationship. Domestic violence victims often cite their lack of financial resources and employment as obstacles that keep them from walking away. The reason that victims do not have sufficient financial resources or a job they can rely on to support themselves (and often their children) is because abusers very deliberately prevent their victims from gaining access to or accumulating financial resources or obtaining a job. In this way, financial abuse traps domestic violence victims in an abusive relationship.

Many immigrant women and others with limited English proficiency face even greater challenges in obtaining the resources necessary to leave their abusers. They may not have the language skills that would allow them to obtain a sufficient job that would support all their needs, even if they were no other obstacles. They may not have the right identification and documents to open a bank account or the credit history to obtain assistance from mainstream financial institutions.

For the third year in a row, AACS has been selected as a partner to participate in the Purple Purse campaign. The campaign will run through October 25, and AACS aims to raise $3,500 for our Family Support Program (FSP) which serves domestic violence survivors with comprehensive services including safety planning, legal and medical advocacy, emergency material assistance, and client education and empowerment. Please consider supporting our survivors with a donation at this link.

It is my hope that this campaign will raise more than funds that will support our services for survivors. I hope that it will raise awareness in our community about the realities of domestic violence and the practical needs of survivors. And I hope that through this awareness, more survivors can take the first step of empowerment by reaching out to seek out the services they need.

I just ran my second 5K race last weekend, and on my way reaching to the finish line, I saw a sign that said: "It is not the finish time that matters, it is reaching the finish line matters!" I don't think that helping survivors has a timeline or is a matter of the amount of time we spend on the efforts; what matters is the fact we continue to fight and continue to save, and knowing that more survivors are safe because of my efforts. Please join me this month in supporting the Purple Purse Campaign!


Domestic Violence:
Myths & Facts

Myth : Domestic abuse only covers acts of physical or sexual violence.
Fact : Domestic abuse includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional/psychological, and financial abuse.

Myth : Women are always victims and men are always perpetrators of domestic violen ce.
Fact : Men can be victims of domestic violence just as women can be perpetrators. In addition, domestic violence exists in same-sex relationships in the same way that it exists in opposite-sex relationships. While it is true that women are more likely to be victims and men are more likely to be perpetrators of domestic violence, we cannot forget that men and LGBT persons can be victims in need of services as well.

Myth : Domestic abuse is about a husband beating his wife.
Fact : While domestic abuse includes violence perpetrated by one spouse against another, it also includes various forms of abuse perpetrated by in-laws towards their children's spouses, by parents and step-parents towards their children and step-children, and by adult children towards their elderly parents.

Myth : Domestic abuse, even when it involves physical violence, is a family matter that can be settled in private.
Fact : Domestic violence is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and victims have civil and criminal remedies against their perpetrators.
ED Kathy Chen Presents on Serving Asian-Born Human-Trafficking Survivors

On September 30, AACS Executive Director Kathy Chen presented lessons learned and current unmet needs in serving Asian-born survivors of human-trafficking  at the Cultural Competency Conference  at Mount Carmel West. The  conference was sponsored by The Salvation Army of Central Ohio in partnership with Mount Carmel and the Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition (CORRC). It was the first of a series of trainings The Salvation Army and its partners are planning for service providers serving human-trafficking survivors. Director Chen's presentation was one of five focusing on how service providers can best serve human-trafficking survivors from specific cultural communities. AACS is a partner of The Salvation Army and member of CORRC.

Director Chen also presented at a breakout session during the  Annual International Human-Trafficking & Social Justice Conference at the University of Toledo on September 23.
SIMPLR Workshop: Meet the Healthy Asian Youth Steam Team!
HAY 1 students participated in a workshop presented by SIMPLR where they learned how to operate drones!