For Latin@ survivors of domestic violence, faith can be particularly critical as both a resource and a barrier to safety. Faith may be a wellspring of strength, courage, and resilience that gets a survivor through each day. It may also be a barrier to safety that encourages survivors to “turn the other cheek,” forgive, and prioritize family unity over personal safety.
As an advocate or agency that works hard to provide services to everyone in your community, you may be interested in reaching out to and working with your local Latin@ community. One effective way to make this connection is to reach out to Latin@ faith leaders and faith communities. The purpose of this resource is to share some of what Casa de Esperanza has learned over the years about working with and within the Latin@ community.