Latin@ cultures, customs, and traditions influence the type of support, advocacy, and services that Latin@ survivors seek as well as the choices that they make. This collection highlights resources available to support advocacy and work within Latina/o communities.
Alianza: National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence
The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) was established to address the particular needs and concerns of communities of color experiencing family violence. Alianza specifically addresses the needs of Latino/a families and communities, although its work helps to inform the domestic violence field in general. Alianza’s work has been in four main areas: community education, policy advocacy, research, and training and technical assistance. It has grown into a national network of Latina and Latino advocates, practitioners, researchers, activists, and survivors of domestic violence.
Casa de Esperanza
"Our starting point in supporting Latinas and our communities is their strength; we assist them to recognize their strengths, build on them and reach their goals. Effective responses to domestic violence are shaped by the lived realities of Latinas and facilitate support systems 'where they live.' It is the community that will end domestic violence, not Casa de Esperanza or any other system or organization. Casa de Esperanza works to enhance social capitalbecause we believe that it decreases domestic violence. Social capital refers to the trust, reciprocity, information and co-operation that are developed through social networks."
- The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities a project of Casa de Esperanza, is committed to providing timely and relevant information and resources to people working to prevent and eliminate domestic violence within Latin@ communities. The English/Spanish bilingual site features a resource library; public policy updates and action alerts; informative videos; training opportunities; and a blog among other culturally-specific information. Advocates, organizers, practitioners, social workers, judges, activists, youth workers and anyone working to promote safe and healthy Latin@ families and communities will find the site useful.