AACI hosts Domestic Violence Death Review Report Press Conference
March 27, 2015
On February 13, AACI co-hosted a press conference for the release of this year’s Domestic Violence Death Review Report. 2014 had two domestic violence deaths, a dramatic decrease from 11 deaths in 2013. Last year saw the fewest number of domestic violence deaths in 20 years, but the report reveals a trend in underreporting among the Asian community. Only 5% of the most commonly charged domestic violence felonies from 2012-2013 involved Asians, but 27% of the victims of domestic violence homicide over the last 20 years were Asian or Pacific Islander. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen called attention to this issue, urging Asian domestic violence survivors to reach out for support without fearing that their immigration status will be put at risk. Assistant District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson, ConXión to Community CEO Rose Amador-LeBeau, Community Solutions Director Perla Flores, and AACI Director of Development Anne Im also gave remarks about the importance of getting help and local resources available for domestic violence survivors regardless of their immigration status. Despite the drop in domestic violence deaths, the press conference recognized the continuing need to give survivors an escape from abuse and prevent fatalities.
AACI Asian Women’s Home provides free and confidential domestic violence services including 24/7 emergency shelter and hotline services, case management, legal advocacy, and community education. Our 12-bed shelter is the only domestic violence shelter in Santa Clara County that focuses on the Asian community. Our 24 hour-hotline is (408) 975-2739.