• May/June 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 3

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Ending Domestic Violence Among Latinos

Understanding culture-specific factors associated with domestic violence is a key to enhancing the effectiveness of prevention, intervention, and treatment programs in the Latino population.

One organization devoted to disseminating this type of information is the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (the Alianza). The Alianza website describes the group as "nationally recognized Latina and Latino advocates, community activists, practitioners, researchers, and survivors of domestic violence working together to promote understanding, sustain dialog, and generate solutions to move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities, with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities."

Formed in 1999, the Alianza has been involved in a number of projects, including:

  • Publication of reports and other materials on the general topic of domestic violence in Latino communities
  • Establishment of a website and a toll-free line
  • Collaboration with Georgia State University in the creation of a Research Center on Domestic Violence within its Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Development of a training and technical assistance division in collaboration with the National Compadres Network in Los Angeles
  • Sponsorship of the First National Policy Summit on Domestic Violence in June 2000 held in Washington, DC
  • Sponsorship of a forum on April 28, 2001, in Pasadena, California, entitled "Forum on Latinos Who Batter: Hope for Those Who Hurt Others"

An annotated bibliography of domestic violence literature concerning Latino communities in the United States and Latin America, prepared for the First National Policy Summit, is available on the Alianza's website. Several citations are related to the effects of domestic violence on battered women and their children.

In September 2000, the Alianza was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Child and Families to further develop its organizational capacity through the Violence Intervention Program in New York City, where the Alianza's main offices are now located. The Alianza also has offices in Dunn Loring, Virginia, near Washington, DC.

Contact information:
National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence
PO Box 322086
Fort Washington Station
New York, NY 10032
Toll-Free: 800-342-9908
Website: http://www.dvalianza.org

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