It’s never your fault.

We can help.

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24-Hour Multilingual Helpline 1-800-339-3940

you are not alone

Call our confidential helpline, available for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and speak to a counselor who can help with issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

You don’t need to give your name or location.

We speak in English and many different Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Hindi, Khmer, Vietnamese, and Thai.

Our counselors will provide immediate crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support, to help you recover and start building a life free from abuse.


Emergency Shelter

You have a safe place

Survivors and children fleeing from domestic violence or sexual assault can find safety in our shelter and a nurturing environment to heal from abuse.

We have the only emergency shelter in Los Angeles County that is culturally specialized to serve Asian and Pacific Islander survivors.

You are welcomed to a safe, secure, and comfortable place. Staying at the shelter is free, and we will provide you with basic necessities such as food, clothing, and toiletries.

Comprehensive case management, counseling, workshops, and other services are available to you and your children, so you can heal from violence, build healthy relationships, and grow into a strong and independent individual.


Transitional Housing Program

REBUILD YOUR LIFE

We are the first to open a multi-lingual and multi-cultural transitional program in L.A. County specialized in the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander survivors in need of permanent housing.

We offer support and continuing care services, such as:

  • Case Management and Counseling

  • Support Group and Life Skills Building

  • Child Care and Development Programs

Our transitional program is designed to help survivors and their families establish permanent housing to build safe, healthy, and independent lives.


Counseling and Case Management

You have help when you need it

We offer counseling and case management to both residential and non-residential clients. Services Include:

  • Individual and group counseling for emotional support.

  • Education about domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Accompaniment to court, hospital, and other social service offices.

  • Legal assistance with immigration, divorce, custody, restraining orders, and other issues.

  • Assistance in enrollment of Public Welfare programs such as CalWorks (TANF), General Relief (cash aid), CalFresh (food stamps), and other public benefits.

  • Linkages to employment and Affordable Housing resources.


Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

you have support every step of the way

The criminal-legal system provides one avenue of response for those who have experienced sexual assault. 

Survivors may choose to reach out to law enforcement to provide assistance, and law enforcement may recommend that the survivor undergo a forensic medical exam to collect evidence of the sexual assault. 

This is an important aid in prosecution of the person committing the sexual assault, and also provides the survivor an opportunity to ensure that immediate medical needs following the assault are tended to.

Survivors do not need to go through this “rape kit” exam alone.  CPAF offers multi-lingual advocates to accompany the survivor throughout the exam process. 

Survivors have a right to the presence of an advocate during the exam, and they can specifically request that the forensic nurse or law enforcement call CPAF to provide this advocate.

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Know Your Rights

 
 
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Immigrants’ Rights

Regardless of your immigration status, you have guaranteed rights under the Constitution. Learn more here about your rights as an immigrant, and how to express them at ilrc.org.

Law enforcement asks about my immigration status…

 

Regardless of your immigration status, you have constitutionally guaranteed rights:

  • DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR if an immigration agent is knocking on the door.

  • DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS from an immigration agent if they try to talk to you. You have the right to remain silent.

  • DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING without first speaking to a lawyer. You have the right to speak with a lawyer.

  • If you are outside of your home, ask the agent if you are free to leave and if they say yes, leave calmly.

  • Survivors of domestic and sexual assault can usually receive public benefits without it impacting their immigration status or ability to naturalize. Consult to find out the exceptions.

Technology Safety

 
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Managed by the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), this blog discusses technology, privacy, and safety in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women.

go to nnedv.org for more details.


Survey Results of National Network to End Domestic Violence

  • 97% of domestic violence programs report that abusers misuse technology to stalk, harass, and control victims

  • 90% of domestic violence programs report that abusers harass victims via text messaging and through social media

PRIORITIZE SAFETY

Get more information. Navigating violence, abuse, and stalking can be very difficult and dangerous. Victim advocates in your area can tell you about options and local resources, and help you create a plan for your safety.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-4673

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888

More information about technology, harassment, and abuse is in our Survivor Toolkit at TechSafety.org.

Consider using a safer device. If you think that someone is monitoring your computer, tablet, or mobile device, try using a different device that the person hasn’t had physical or remote access to in the past, and doesn’t have access to now (like a computer at a library or a friend’s phone).

Trust your instincts. Abusers, stalkers, and perpetrators are often very determined to maintain control over their victims, and technology is one of many tools they use to do this. If it seems like the person knows too much about you, they could be getting that information from a variety of sources, like monitoring your devices, accessing your online accounts, tracking your location, or gathering information about you online.

Strategically plan around your tech. When abusers misuse technology, it’s often a natural reaction to want to throw away devices or close online accounts to make it stop. However, some abusive individuals may escalate their controlling and dangerous behavior if they feel they’ve lost access to the victim. So before removing a hidden camera that you’ve found, or a GPS tracker, think through how the abuser may respond and plan for your safety. For example, some survivors choose to use a safer device for certain interactions, but also keep using the monitored device as a way to collect evidence.

IDENTIFY THE ABUSE

Look for patterns. Take some time to think through what kind of technology may being used to stalk, monitor, or harass you. For example, if the abusive person has hinted that they are watching you, think about what they know.

  • Does the abuser know where you are whether at home or out in the public?

  • Does the abuser know when you drive somewhere, or your destinations?

Narrowing down the potential source of technology can help you create a safety plan and to document the abuse. Read more about Assessing for Technology Abuse.

Document the incidents. Documenting a series of incidents can show police or the court a pattern of behavior that fits a legal definition of stalking or harassment. Documentation can also help you see if things are escalating, and help you with safety planning. For more information, check out our Documentation Tips for Survivors.

Report the incidents. You may also want to report the incidents to law enforcement or seek a protective order. If the harassing behavior is online, you can also report it to the website or app where the harassment is happening. If the behavior violates the platform’s terms of service, the content may be removed or the person may be banned. It’s important to recognize that reporting content may remove it completely so it should be documented prior to reports for evidence.

STEPS TO INCREASE SECURITY

Change passwords and usernames. If you think your online accounts are being accessed, you can change your usernames and passwords using a safer device. Once you’ve updated the account information, it’s important not to access those accounts from a device you think is being monitored. You can also:

  • consider creating brand new accounts for different platforms

  • create new email addresses without identifying usernames or other revealing information

  • create an email address that can be encrypted, and meant only for recipients to read (Proton Mail)

It’s important to not link these new accounts to any old accounts or numbers, and not to use the same password for all of your accounts. Read more tips about Password Safety.

Check your devices & settings. Go through your mobile device, apps, and online accounts, and check the privacy settings to make sure that other devices or accounts aren’t connected to yours, and that any device-to-device access, like Bluetooth, is turned off when you’re not using it. Make sure you know what each of your apps are and what they do. Delete any apps on your device that you’re unfamiliar with or that you don’t use. Look for spikes in data usage – these may indicate that monitoring software such as spyware may be in use.

Protect your location. If the person seems to always know where you are, they might be tracking you through your mobile device, your vehicle, or by using a location tracker.

  • Check your mobile devices, apps, and accounts to update the settings that best suit your needs

  • Check with mobile phone provider to ask if location sharing services are in use for the plan you’re utilizing

  • If you’re concerned about a hidden tracking device in your car or other belongings, a law enforcement agency, private investigator, or a car mechanic may be able to check for you

It’s important to safety plan and document evidence before removing a device or changing an abusive person’s access to your location information. 

Get a new device. If you suspect that your actual device is being monitored, the safest thing may be to get a new device with an account that the abusive person will not have access to, such as a pay-as-you-go phone.

  • Put a passcode on the new device, and don’t link it to your old cloud accounts like iCloud or Google

  • Consider turning off location and Bluetooth sharing.

Consider temporarily keeping the old device so that the abusive person thinks you are still using it, and doesn’t try to get access to the new device.

Consider cameras and audio devices. If you suspect that you’re being monitored through cameras or audio recorders, it may be happening through hidden devices, gifts received from the abusive person, or even everyday devices like webcams, personal assistants (such as Google Home or Alexa), or security systems.

  • Consider using a camera detector, however detectors may be limited in locating certain cameras

  • Everyday devices or gifts may be able to be secured by changing account settings or passwords

  • Built-in web cameras can be covered up with a piece of removable tape

Remember to consider making a safety plan and documenting evidence before removing devices or cutting off an abusive person’s access.

STEPS TO INCREASE PRIVACY

Protect your address. If you’re concerned about someone finding your address, or a partner already knowing your current address, please consider the following:

  • open a private mail box (Find more information about P.O. Boxes)

  • see if you’re eligible for the Safe at Home program for California residents

  • your state has an address confidentiality program

  • tell friends and family not to share your address (if you’ve recently moved)

Also, look into what information is public in your state if you were to purchase a home so you know your options.

Limit the information you give out about yourself. Mostly everything we do these days asks for personally identifying information—whether it’s to make a purchase, open a discount card, or create an online account.

  • When possible, opt out of information collection, or only provide the minimum amount necessary

  • Consider using initials of your first and last name

  • Consider getting a free virtual phone number, such as Google Voice

Control your offline & online privacy. Our Survivor Toolkit at TechSafety.org has Online Privacy & Safety Tips, including more information about changing settings on your mobile devices, social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, and your home WiFi network. Follow those steps to increase your privacy and decrease risks for an abusive person to misuse those technologies, locate you, or monitor your activity.