The Safety Center has been conducting parenting classes in Asian Pacific Islander communities since 1998. We have found it to be an effective strategy for providing culturally relevant education on violence prevention of all types including domestic violence and substance abuse. Providing education through parenting classes also gives an important entry point into a community and a way to build a long term trusting relationship. We have parenting classes and follow-up support groups in the following communities:
- Filipino parenting groups
- Samoan parenting groups
- White Center "Making a Connection" Initiative - a joint project with the Latina/Hispanic community.
- In 2003 and 2004, we will be organizing parenting groups in Hawaiian and Cambodian communities.