NCCADV aims to increase the number of Latinx* victims served by domestic violence providers and strengthen the capacities of North Carolina Domestic Violence agencies to provide equitable services. Through partnership with researchers from the School of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill, NCCADV conducted a long-term research study – the “Latinx Outreach Project.” NCCADV is incorporating the findings from this innovative study to develop best practices resources, trainings, technical assistance, and funding initiatives to improve Latinx services across NC.
As a result of the research study, NCCADV developed the Latinx Services Project and partnered with DVSPs to implement trainings and provide technical assistance to support Latinx Advocates in expanding their capacity to best serve Latinx communities. In collaboration with NCCADV, local agencies are working with their community partners to coordinate their efforts to implement systematic changes to their DV response.
NCCADV provides in-person trainings and webinars to service providers throughout the state through our Training Institute. The “Latinx Advocate Institute” training promotes victim-centered and trauma-informed advocacy among Spanish-speaking domestic violence advocates and professional allies. While the “Serving Latinx Survivors” training assists DVSPs in building skills and competency around the dynamics of domestic violence and their intersection with Latinx communities and their needs. We foster relationship building among Latinx advocates with in-person networking and an email listserv in order for advocates to connect and support each other. This system provides Latinx advocates and allies with a space in which to ask for advice, share resources, and start conversations about serving Latinx victims. These trainings and communication offerings are intended to foster a coordinated and culturally competent response to Latinx experiences with intimate partner violence.
For more information about our Latinx Services Project or to join our listserv contact Saira Estrada.
*NCCADV has elected to use the term “Latinx” in order avoid the implication of the existence of only two valid gender identities created by the terms Latino/an or Latin@. By making the final gender-determining syllable an X, the term Latinx, pronounced “Latin-eks,” acknowledges and respects all possible gender/sexual identities.