CPAF’s Shelter Program Director Recognized as SCESA SHERO


We are pleased to announce the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) has named CPAF’s Shelter Program Director, Patima Komolamit, as one of their 15 “SHEroes” in honor of their 15th anniversary this year. Over the past 15 years, SCESA has been a leading voice for Women of Color in the anti-sexual violence movement, centering the voices of Communities of Color and especially Women of Color.

Thank you for recognizing Patima’s leadership and tireless efforts in advocating for communities of color, especially in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Read Patima’s full interview here.

We salute you, SCESA, and congratulate you on 15 years of advocating and lifting up the voices and experiences of Women of Color. We stand together with you in partnership with many to build healthy communities free of violence.

Bank of Hope Contributes $20,000 Grant to CPAF


CPAF received a $20,000 general operating grant contribution from Bank of Hope to support CPAF’s emergency and transitional housing programs, which shelter and provide counseling and case management services to low- and moderate-income survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in 30 Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects.


We are thankful for Bank of Hope’s support which helps CPAF meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve. We appreciate partnering with Bank of Hope to build healthy and safe communities and nurture change together.


Creating a Community of Support

How to Support Survivors

CPAF’s 40th Anniversary is Off to a Great Start!

Thank you for joining us as we kick off CPAF’s 40th Anniversary in 2018 – we’re celebrating 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-grounded crisis intervention and violence prevention. From January through March, we’ve conducted 14 activities and involved more than 300 people in support of ending violence.

Here are a few highlights from our community activities from January through March:


  • Advisory Board Reunion – Members of CPAF’s Advisory Board gathered at CPAF’s Community Center in Koreatown to discuss activities supporting the families we serve.


  • “Good Touch/Bad Touch:  Boss of Your Own Body” Workshop – our staff presented a workshop to approximately 35 four and five-year olds, parents and teachers at Bread of Life Christian Children’s Center in the South Bay. The presentation catered to children and helped them identify what parts of their body were considered private and what is “good vs. bad touch”.
  • Consent Week Programs at Marymount California University – our staff conducted two 1-hour workshops (one each in Mandarin and English) to discuss teen dating violence (types of power & control), healthy relationships, and how to support a friend who discloses abuse.
  • Former Staff & Intern Reunion – We reunited with more than 40 people – many former CPAF staff/interns – at Gardena Valley Baptist Church this past February.  What a privilege to meet folks who have been part of CPAF’s journey, those on whose shoulders we stand!  We acknowledged and appreciated their contributions over the years and invited them to bring CPAF with them into the next 40 years.
  •  “Friendraiser” – one of our board members hosted a gathering in downtown Los Angeles and invited CPAF to speak about the work we do to engage people in helping end domestic and sexual violence in our communities.
  • According to the Urban Institute, 52% of teens who experience digital abuse are also physically abused. Because February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we wore orange to support our Prevention program youth and raise awareness of this issue.


  • Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day Online Awareness Campaign – Our intent was to inspire and raise awareness about powerful, impactful women, which can also serve as a healing activity.
    • We posted a tribute to CPAF’s Founder, Nilda Rimonte. Under Nilda’s leadership, CPAF developed the first multi-lingual 24-hour hotline and the first multi-lingual, multi-cultural domestic violence emergency shelter specialized in serving API survivors in the nation.
    • Some of our clients created collages (see photos in slideshow) and found this activity to be empowering. In the collages, a handful of clients chose to honor themselves or recognized their own beauty despite what other messages they have heard.
  • “Butterfly in the Sky” – Our friends at Genever in LA’s Historic Filipinotownone of the few women-owned and run bars in the nation – donated a portion of proceeds to CPAF from their “Butterfly in the Sky” cocktail in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Join us and let’s nurture change together. Visit our 40th Anniversary page to learn about upcoming activities and ways to participate.

Thank you for your support – you are demonstrating that the community cares about survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Knowing that others in the community support their healing serves as a symbol of hope for the families we serve.


Launching #RIPSexualViolence Campaign: Recognize

This year has been an important one for raising awareness about sexual assault. From the #MeToo movement to the #TimesUp campaign, sexual assault awareness has been a topic of conversation around kitchen tables, work places, classrooms and online for the past few months. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) so we want to keep these conversations surrounding sexual assault going into April and for months to come.


Recognize: learn to spot the signs.

Learning to recognize the signs is the first step in ending sexual violence. You can visit to learn more about sexual violence and different awareness month activities. You can also invite a CPAF representative to speak about building healthy communities and ending violence at your local events.


How to get involved during SAAM

In recognition of SAAM, join @CPAForg as call for sexual violence to be laid to rest. For good.

Use #RIPSexualViolence and stay tuned for more posts on our Facebook and Instagram about how to Recognize the signs, Intervene and support survivors, and Prevent violence before it starts.

We are giving away free SAAM awareness kits to those who are interested in participating in our #RIPSexualViolence campaign. To receive an awareness kit and a free #RIPSexualViolence sticker, please:

  1. Like our #RIPSexualViolence post  (Facebook or Instagram)
  2. Follow us @CPAForg (Facebook or Instagram)
  3. DM us your mailing address (your information will kept confidential and deleted after use)

Upon liking our post and following our page, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a CPAF swag bag. The winner will be announced at the beginning of May.


Facebook Profile Frames

We are also launching 3 Facebook profile frames for the #RIPSexualViolence campaigns.



Starting today, you can change your profile picture to one of these three frames! Visit to update yours today.

Women’s History Month: the power of one woman


In honor of women’s history month, CPAF is sharing stories about women who have inspired them. CPAF’s own story begins with Nilda Rimonte, a woman who sought to address an issue she saw in her own local community—Asian Pacific Islander (API) immigrant women experiencing domestic or sexual violence with no place to turn to for help or services.


Under Nilda’s leadership, CPAF developed the first multi-lingual 24-hour hotline and the first multi-lingual, multi-cultural domestic violence emergency shelter specialized in serving API survivors in the nation.


This month, CPAF honors Nilda’s legacy and celebrates the power of one woman to speak out against injustice, to take action in the service of her community, and to galvanize others to join her cause.



Click here to find out how you can get involved.
Click here to find out more about our 40th Anniversary campaign.


International Women’s Day: Uplifting Young Women

International Women’s Day is about supporting the women and girls around you. It’s also about recognizing the strength in you as a women. During our workshop at Ynez Elementary School, our Prevention Coordinator asked the all girl group to reflect on their identity and their strengths. It is important that we foster leadership in young women the same way we do for young men. Here are some pictures of some young 6th and 7th grade girls celebrating themselves.


International Women’s Day

As International Women’s Day (IWD) approaches, we remember and celebrate how far the Women’s Movement has come! Here are some quick facts you might not have known about IWD.

  • 1908 –15,000 women marched through New York City advocating for voting rights, equal pay and less working hours.
  • 1909 — National Woman’s Day was observed for the first time in the U.S.
  • 1910 — A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries gathered to form IWD.
  • 1975 – IWD was officially recognized by the United Nations, but had been celebrated since 1913
  • 2011 — former U.S. President Barack Obama recognized March to be ‘Women’s History Month’

For more information about the history and importance of International Women’s Day visit


Honoring Women:

To see how women are being honored for IWD around the world, please visit


Action step: #PressforProgress


Each year people around the world recognize IWD in various ways. If you’re not sure how you can participate, the official International Women’s Day Website provides an annual campaign theme. This year’s campaign theme is #PressforProgress

Use the hashtag in your social media posts and pledge to take action for gender parity in 2018 by visiting

Keep a look out for CPAF’s upcoming posts honoring inspiring women on our Facebook and Instagram!

CPAF Receives $75,000 Grant from S. Mark Taper Foundation

Funding to Support Programs for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

We are thrilled to announce that the S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) a $75,000 grant to sustain and enhance its programs for underserved Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

With the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s support, CPAF will be able to meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve during a time of significant organizational growth. CPAF recently integrated with sister DV-organization, Asian Pacific Women’s Center, moved to its new community center location, and is expanding program services.

For 40 years, CPAF has served low-income APIs and offered services in more than 30 languages and dialects to meet the needs of Southern California’s diverse API communities. The Foundation’s essential general operating support will enable CPAF to expand its direct services and capacity to better serve API immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. CPAF’s programs are free of charge and include a 24-hour crisis hotline and intervention services, emergency and transitional shelters, community outreach and engagement, and prevention.

Seventy-five percent of survivors at CPAF’s shelters speak little or no English and have been economically isolated by their abusers, who restricted access to employment, resources and means for economic independence. Almost all (90%) shelter residents are below the federal poverty line, with the majority entering with no income. CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and their families.

“We’re so appreciative of the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s generous gift, which comes at a particularly exciting time for CPAF,” said CPAF Executive Director, Debra Suh. “As our organization enters its fortieth year of serving the Asian and Pacific Islander community, we’re planning for the next forty years and continuing to engage the community to help end domestic and sexual violence.”

Suh added, “Now, more than ever, we must help immigrants who may fear fleeing their abusers due to their immigration status. Everyone deserves a life free from violence, and CPAF is here to support survivors as they transition from crisis to safety and healing.”

Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives. CPAF looks forward to partnering with the Foundation to build healthy and safe communities and nurture change together.

Did you know? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

Carmen Martinez, a Puerto Rican community activist, reminds us that youth are valuable partners in our movement to build violence-free communities. You are invited to join CPAF’s engagement of young people in efforts to eradicate all forms of violence. CPAF’s programs support youth who serve as ambassadors for respect, mutuality, and healthy relationships in their own communities.

Two ways you can have a direct impact on young people by volunteering with CPAF:

  1. Join us for the API Youth Forum in July!

This exciting, one-day event brings together youth from L.A. and Orange Counties to discuss what it means to be a movement for change and how to work toward an end to violence in their communities. Volunteers are needed to sign up to help with day-of logistics, or event planning and material prep before the event.

  1. Contribute to our shelter-based Youth Program!

At our shelters, youth are invited to participate in a weekly youth group and occasional special activities. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate youth group meetings and plan/chaperone special activities. You can also sign up to serve as a mentor to be matched with an individual youth currently living in one of our shelters.