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, improving community outreach, and ensuring that services are accessible in different languages and in culturally appropriate ways. It is also vital that we recognize and understand culture as an asset and not a barrier. The resources included in this section provide guidance on enhancing access to services and support for immigrant survivors in a culturally competent manner.
"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).