Improving cultural understanding and sensitivity to the unique needs of domestic violence survivors is critical in making services accessible to them. This includes offering services with cultural humility, community outreach, and offering services in different languages and in culturally appropriate ways. It is also vital that we recognize and understand culture as an asset and not just as a barrier. The documents included in this section provide guidance on responding to immigrant women with cultural competency.
"Knowledge about the socio-economic, cultural, and political contexts within which immigrant women experience domestic violence is central to providing culturally competent services" (NRCDV, 2013).
Advisory: Are Victim Services Programs Liable for Criminal "Harboring" When they Work with Immigrant Survivors of Crime?
A to Z Advocacy Model: Asians and Pacific Islanders Build an Inventory of Evidence-Informed Practices
This brief tipsheet provides guidance on working with survivors from various cultures in a culturally relevant manner.
This handbook highlights the importance of culture and provides guidance to develop cultural competency at the individual and organizational levels.
This document suggests service providers to become familiar with the laws that affect immigrant women, to develop multi-lingual and multi-cultural staff and develop contacts with people from diverse cultures in their communities.
Addressing Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities: Critical Issues for Culturally Competent Services
This applied research paper provides an overview of the methodological issues in research used to generate knowledge of the nature and dynamics of domestic violence in immigrant communities, the research findings that help us understand the broad contexts within which immigrant women experience domestic violence, and provides some considerations for culturally competent services.
This document presents information on the importance of collaborating with other agencies to improve culturally competent services to immigrant survivors, on how to collaborate with different agencies, and on how to address problems when working with collaboration.
This manual provides information to immigrant, migrant and refugees living in rural communities about their rights, legal options and public assistance available, and safety planning tips. The manual also includes strategies for improving services for migrant and immigrant survivors of domestic violence women in rural communities.
This pamphlet provides tips for community programs to expand services to immigrant women who are in abusive relationships.
This document suggests culturally competent approaches that advocates and attorneys could use to communicate with immigrant survivors and help them plan their safety.
The following document contains questions that can be used to assess a client for potential signs that she/he has been a victim of human trafficking.
Immigration Options for Victims of Crimes: Information for Law Enforcement, Healthcare Providers and Others
This brochure provides information about VAWA, U visa, and T visa, including information about eligibility criteria and which forms to file for U or T nonimmigrant visa.
Inside Out: Strengthening Advocacy and Services for Refugee, Immigrant, and Limited English Proficient Survivors
The Self-Assessment Guide is a tool kit for doing the "inside work" within programs to strengthen and expand services for immigrant survivors.
Somewhere to Turn: Making Domestic Violence Services Accessible to Battered Immigrant Women - A 'How To' Manual For Battered Women's Advocates and Service Providers
This manual addresses the dynamics of domestic violence in immigrant families; ways to create agency-wide cultural competency training programs; multicultural approaches to shelter protocol development; recruiting and hiring multicultural staff; foreign language needs and helpful interviewing techniques for client intake sessions and meetings; ways to do outreach and collaboration with immigrant communities; and, descriptions of model programs.
This Manual focuses on legal rights and options for immigrant survivors of domestic violence including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse and abuse perpetrated by other family members or persons that are covered by your state's protection order statute. Breaking Barriers is a comprehensive tool that provides information that will be useful to advocates, attorneys, justice, and social services professionals working with and assisting immigrant survivors of domestic and family violence.
"It is imperative that domestic violence and sexual assault organizations not only ensure access to their services to all survivors, regardless of immigration status, but that they also proactively reach out to immigrant communities to let them know that the services are available to them and that they are welcomed. Otherwise, programs run the risk of sharpening the tools of abusers who take advantage of the increased fear and uncertainty to further exploit and abuse immigrant victims" (Hidalgo, 2017).
The article suggests that programs evaluate their effectiveness in addressing specific Latino community needs, recognize and address barriers to serving Latino communities, and learn about diversity within Latino communities. The article also suggests eliminating stereotypes, developing organization wide language competency, and ensuring that all staff have a duty to serve all members of the community.
Available in both English and Spanish.
Building the Rhythm of Change: Developing Leadership and Improving Services Within the Battered Rural Immigrant Women's Community
This manual includes useful start-up tools such as a sample agenda, sample skits, a Power & Control Wheel, and a sample budget.
The Multilingual Access Model: A Model for Outreach and Services in Non-English Speaking Communities
This project recruited and trained bicultural-bilingual advocates from area ethnic communities to provide assistance to victims and initiate outreach and awareness activities in their communities. Assistance to 6 provide
The Community Engagement Continuum: Outreach, Mobilization, Organizing and Accountability to Address Violence Against Women in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities
The Community Engagement Continuum documents a range of innovative community based approaches in the anti-violence movement and clarifies the goals of engagement. This model encourages a more strategic approach to all four levels and offers tools towards realistic step-by-step implementation.
This resource includes recommendations to improve services to battered Asian women, a one-pager on Prejudice/Privilege/Oppression and Domestic Violence and a National Directory for Queer Asian Resources.
The Interpretation Technical Assistance & Resource Center (ITARC) offers training and technical assistance to advocates, interpreters, and social and legal services providers on: federal and state laws and policies on language access in civil and criminal courts, meeting the needs of culturally diverse victims/survivors with limited English proficiency, improving language access policies and practices in organizations and systems, roles and responsibilities of advocates and systems personnel at various points of contact, model programs and practices for interpretation services, training and qualifying standards for court interpretation, and finding and working with interpreters.
Making Domestic Violence Services Accessible to Individuals with Limited English Proficiency: A Planning Tool for Advocacy Organizations
According to the U.S. Census, over 25 million people over the age of five living in the United States speak a language other than English, and do not speak English very well. In order to carry out enhanced safety planning, ensure meaningful access to services, and provide critical information to assist survivors in making informed choices, it is imperative to ensure meaningful access to services for ALL survivors.
This document provides recommendations for service providers for working with domestic violence survivors with limited English proficiency. Ethical and legal considerations are discussed, as well as tips for working with interpreters.
Resource Guide for Advocates & Attorneys on Interpretation Services for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Trafficking Victims
These guidelines focus on court interpretation for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or trafficking with limited English proficiency. It is intended to inform how advocacy, interpretation, and language access can be integrated.
This tip sheet presents information on how to determine if a client needs an interpreter and provides tips on working with interpreters to communicate effectively with clients. It also provides guidelines on assessing the interpreter's knowledge of the Code of Professional Responsibility and on assessing the interpreter's skill to interpret the information accurately.
This document provides a framework to help organizations develop a Language Assistance Plan.
This resource offers guidance on communicating via an interpreter. Available in both English and Spanish.
Developing Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Materials for Latina Survivors of Domestic Violence
This paper summarizes efforts undertaken by the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence to develop responses to the particular challenges and barriers faced by Spanish-speaking Latina survivors and by organizations serving them. Included here are guidelines for developing Spanish-language material.
This quiz helps service providers identify if their services are linguistically and culturally accessible to immigrant and refugee women.
Model Protocol on Services for Limited English Proficient Immigrant and Refugee Victims of Domestic Violence
This resource outlines protocol for working with LEP survivors of domestic violence. It also contains answers to frequently asked questions, and has articles that cover working well with interpreters, basic dos and don'ts of advocacy with LEP clients, and a know your rights sheet for immigrants and refugees.
This tip sheet clearly lists the steps that domestic violence programs can take to develop a language access plan for Limited English Proficiency individuals.
This guide explains the difference between interpretation and translation, and provides standards of practice and methods and modes of interpreting and translating.
National Survey of Service Providers on Police Response to Immigrant Crime Victims, U Visa Certification and Language Access
This report explores police responses to immigrant victims of crime from the perspectives of various service providers, including legal services, pro bono attorneys, social service organizations, domestic violence/sexual assault programs, law enforcement and prosecutors offices.
Ensuring Access to Services for Survivors with Limited English Proficiency: Frequently Asked Questions
This is a compilation of answers to frequently asked questions regarding Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which requires all programs that receive federal funds to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to individuals with Limited English Proficiency.