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Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence Programs at the Filipino Community of Seattle provide resources and a supportive community in the Seattle area. We serve the survivors and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  Our programs consists of educational workshops, giving the opportunity for survivors to gain friendships, and more.

About

In 1992 a domestic violence murder / suicide incident in Seattle's Filipinx community and the 1995 murders of 3 Filipina Americans inside King County Courthouse in Seattle coalesced the Filipinx community into action. The forefront of the struggle against domestic violence, sexual, and human trafficking. Filipino Domestic Violence Education Committee (FDVEC), FDVEC included Filipina members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Safety Center's is now known as API Chaya board as well as other Filipinx community members. FDVEC's objective was to organize and educate about domestic violence within the diverse Filipinx community. As a result, Emma Catague and FDVEC formed the Natural Helper program. The Natural Helper model raises awareness about issues of violence by educating friends, families, and community members to help prevent and intervene in interpersonal forms of violence. These Natural Helpers are trained as critical community supports for survivors on their healing paths toward self-sufficiency. Without community support, survivors are isolated and less likely to break the cycle of violence.

 

FDVEC later became Filipinx Against Violence (FA V), continues to build Natural Helpers and increase community members' awareness and advocacy skills to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Emma serves as FCS Program Supervisor, which includes overseeing FAV and coordinating the CMC with Mother Nation and Casa Latina.

 

Emma and FAV have also worked closely with former Washington State Representative Velma Veloria, Dr. Supata Basu (Executive Director, University of Washington Women's Center), and Norma Timbang (professor of Social Work) on policy advocacy in support of survivors. Their work began around supporting vulnerable Filipinas who were survivors of labor and sex trafficking. Over time, these efforts evolved into human trafficking awareness, education and legislation. In 2003 former Representative Veloria sponsored HB 1175, which became the first bill in the nation to criminalize human trafficking at the state level.

 

According to the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey, one in every four (or 26%) ever-married women aged 15-49 had ever experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence by their husband or partner. 

Email info@filcommsea.org with any questions about FCS’ Gender Based Violence programs.

GBV Events
  • Taglish Yoga with Ate Lara Mae
    Taglish Yoga with Ate Lara Mae
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, May 29
    Filipino Community Center
    May 29, 2024, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Come try yoga! Taught in Taglish (Tagalog and English), Ate Lara Mae will guide you through a gentle series of asanas (poses) practiced at a slower pace, with focus on the breath, controlled movements, and stretching while vibin' to a kulintang and hip hop mix by DJ Po'Lo.
  • October
    Filipino Community Center
    October
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Time & Details to follow!
  • Time is TBD
    Othello Playground
    Time is TBD
    Othello Playground, 4351 S Othello St, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Details to follow!
  • Graduation Celebration
    Graduation Celebration
    Sun, May 26
    Filipino Community Center
    May 26, 2024, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    It's that time of the year again for YDP to host our 3rd Graduation Celebration! As a reminder, this is a celebration for all students moving on to their next phase of education. The event is free for students graduating from pre-k, kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, high school, and college.
  • AANHPI Family Book Event
    AANHPI Family Book Event
    Sun, May 19
    Filipino Community Center
    May 19, 2024, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    A free, literary event to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) Heritage Month. Featuring local authors with children’s books exploring themes of identity, culture, and a sense of belonging.
  • AAPI Small Business Roundtable Series
    AAPI Small Business Roundtable Series
    Fri, Apr 26
    Filipino Community Center
    Apr 26, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    The National ACE small business roundtable series gives local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business owners an opportunity to discuss and network with key elected and government officials, and corporate leaders on current business issues that affect them daily.
  • FCS Kalahi Meet & Greet
    FCS Kalahi Meet & Greet
    Thu, Mar 28
    Filipino Community Center
    Mar 28, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Have you ever wondered about or wanted to reconnect with your Filipino/a/x roots through dance and music? Come meet and greet FCS Kalahi Cultural Dance Ensemble and friends on Thursday, March 28th, 5:30pm-7:30pm! Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
  • Swing Into Spring
    Swing Into Spring
    Fri, Mar 22
    Filipino Community Center
    Mar 22, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    This year, the Youth Development and Social, Arts, and Culture Program are partnering together to raise $5,000 to help fund our youth services and programs. Including field trips, guest speakers, summer events, and tuition-free Filipino folk dance classes through the Kalahi Cultural Dance Ensemble.
  • E3 Networking Event
    E3 Networking Event
    Wed, Feb 28
    Renton Chamber of Commerce
    Feb 28, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Renton Chamber of Commerce, 625 S 4th St, Renton, WA 98057, USA
    Come join the E3 Networking Event designed to have you as part of a local “econ-system” with 3 goals.
  • Kamayan Night at FCS
    Kamayan Night at FCS
    Wed, Feb 21
    Filipino Community Center
    Feb 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    The Filipino Community of Seattle is excited to share with you updates on our Filipino Community Village 2 project and capital campaign. Come be part of shaping the future and legacy of the Filipinx community here in Seattle. RSVP today!
  • When to Call Your Business Attourney
    When to Call Your Business Attourney
    Fri, Feb 16
    Filipino Community Center
    Feb 16, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Have you been wondering if it is time to call an attorney to help you with your business? Join Attorney Lindy Laurence of Rational Unicorn Legal Services for a seminar about business law 101.
  • FCS Closed
    FCS Closed
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jan 02
    Filipino Community of Seattle
    Jan 02, 2024, 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
    Filipino Community of Seattle, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    The FCS is closed to the public during this time.
  • Monthly Birthday Party
    Monthly Birthday Party
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Dec 21
    Filipino Community Center
    Dec 21, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Come and celebrate our senior member's birthdays on the last Thursday of the month during the Senior Lunch Program! Enjoy an extra special celebration treat with lunch.
  • Sat, Dec 09
    Filipino Community Center
    Dec 09, 2023, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Details to follow!
  • E3 Networking Event
    E3 Networking Event
    Wed, Nov 29
    Filipino Community Center, Room 202
    Nov 29, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Filipino Community Center, Room 202, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Do you have your own small business? Come share your passion with us at the last E3 Networking event for the year of 2023. Build community with other small business owners, create referrals, and practice your public speaking skills.
  • Tree Lighting & Night Market
    Tree Lighting & Night Market
    Sat, Nov 25
    Filipino Community Center
    Nov 25, 2023, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    The Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS) invites you to the “3rd Annual Tree Lighting & Night Market at FCS” on Saturday, November 25, 2023, 5pm-9pm. This is a FREE event for the public to enjoy. All are welcome!
  • Sat, Nov 25
    Filipino Community of Seattle
    Nov 25, 2023, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Filipino Community of Seattle, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Details to follow!
  • YDP & ILC Monthly Open House
    YDP & ILC Monthly Open House
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Nov 24
    Innovation Learning Center
    Nov 24, 2023, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Innovation Learning Center, 5727 37th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    Interested in our Youth Development Program and the Innovation Learning Center? Bring your family and friends and join us each month to learn more about what we do. Our space is open for you to experience our YDP and ILC space first hand.
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