Breaking the Silence: Culturally Competent Approaches to Violence Prevention

The National Asian Women’s Health Organization (NAWHO) is pleased to offer “Breaking the Silence: Preventing Violence Against Asian American Women,” a three-module curriculum intended to promote communication among Asian American women college students and campus staff about sexual violence and intimate partner violence. With a focus on educating college-aged Asian women, NAWHO conducted a six-year program through a cooperative agreement with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that involved leadership training conferences for students and university staff, educational campaigns, and the development of this Asian women’s discussion group curriculum. Developed and tested in partnership with researchers and advocates, Breaking the Silence is a three-module violence prevention curriculum designed to educate Asian women about definitions of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, strategies for prevention, and opportunities for social change. The curriculum is intended to be implemented as a series of discussion groups, primarily on college campuses and directed by campus staff in partnership with Asian American women students, encouraging them not only to engage in healthy relationships free of sexual and intimate partner violence, but also to serve as violence prevention advocates and peer mentors. Module I: Violence Against Women in the Asian Population focuses on the relationship between Asian American women and violence based on stereotypes and gender roles they face within and outside of their community. Module II: Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence will help bring an understanding to the unique dynamics, risks, and barriers Asian American women must overcome when dealing with and reporting acts of violence. Module III: Prevention Strategies, Resources, & Advocacy will offer strategies and approaches to working with young Asian American women to reduce their risk of violence and engage them in prevention activities through education and advocacy: MODULE 1: Violence Against Women in the Asian Population

  • Being Asian
  • Overview of Violence Against Women
  • Determinants of Health
  • Effects of Cultural & Gender Stereotypes MODULE 2: Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Definition of Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Rape as an Act of Violence
  • Barriers to Addressing and Reporting Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner
  • Violence: Rape Myths and Victim-Blaming
  • Barriers for Asian Women
  • Scenarios

MODULE 3: Prevention Strategies, Resources, & Advocacy

  • Prevention Strategies for Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Prevention through Advocacy and Education
  • Resources

The curriculum is available for download here in a compressed, zip file format. It includes Word documents, Adobe Acrobat files, and Powerpoint files. Download Curriculum.

You may also request a hard copy with CD by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your name and mailing address. The curriculum provides for great flexibility in its implementation, and may be applied in one, two, or three-day discussion sessions. We hope this curriculum will be a useful tool for your institution in addressing violence against Asian American women.