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  • Center for the Pacific Asian Family Center for the Pacific Asian Family

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Mission Statement

The mission of Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian Pacific Islander women and their families.

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CPAF's story begins in 1978 when a Filipina American woman named Nilda Rimonte questioned whether an immigrant Asian or Pacific Islander (API) woman experiencing domestic or sexual violence could get help - any help. When she found no clear options available she pioneered the programs that we use today at CPAF.

CPAF is a non-profit organization recognized nationally for its pioneering work in domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse services within the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. CPAF created the first multi-lingual 24-hour hotline assisting API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nation.

In 1981, CPAF opened the first multi-lingual and multi-cultural domestic violence emergency shelter in the nation that specialized in serving API survivors of domestic violence. Thereafter, CPAF was also the first to open a multi-lingual and multi-cultural transitional program focusing on the needs of survivors who seek to establish independent, violence-free lives.

In 2005, CPAF expanded its Community Program, focused on community engagement and violence prevention programs. CPAF provides a wide range of comprehensive services, all of which are free of charge, conducted in many API languages.

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