CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women.
Our vision is of an API community that embraces healthy relationships and works in partnership with other communities to eradicate all forms of violence.
Established in 1978, CPAF is recognized nationally for its pioneering work to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Los Angeles API community. When it was founded, CPAF created the first multi-lingual 24-hour hotline for API survivors in the nation, and in 1981, opened the first multi-lingual and multi-cultural Emergency Shelter in the nation to specialize in serving API survivors.
CPAF expanded its programs to include a multi-lingual and multi-cultural Transitional Shelter to support survivors who wanted to establish independent, violence-free lives. CPAF’s walk-in Community Center was established in 2010 and expanded CPAF’s advocacy, counseling, and referral services for non-shelter clients. CPAF’s Community Center serves as a base for CPAF’s community engagement programs, which are based in principles of non-violence and include education, training, and violence prevention programs with youth and adults.
CPAF's programs are sensitive to the cultural perspectives of API communities and address the complex underlying causes of family violence and violence against women. All of CPAF services are free and provided in more than 30 API languages. While CPAF’s multi-lingual and multi-cultural services fulfill a critical need for the API community, CPAF also frequently works with clients and survivors from a number of other racial and ethnic communities.