We aim to increase the number of Latinx* victims served by domestic violence providers. Our plan is to strengthen the capacities of domestic violence service 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.” We are using the findings from this innovative study to develop:
- best practices resources
- technical assistance
- funding initiatives
As a result of the research study, we developed the Latinx Services Project. We now partner with DVSPs to support Latinx Advocates in expanding their capacity to best serve Latinx communities. With our help, local agencies work with community partners to coordinate their efforts. Together they work to implement systematic changes to their DV response.
Training & Networking
We provide 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. 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 relationships among Latinx advocates with in-person networking. We also have an email listserv in order for advocates to connect and support each other.
This system provides Latinx advocates and allies with a space to ask for advice, share resources, and start conversations about serving Latinx victims. These trainings and communication offerings aim 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, please contact Esperanza Castillo.
*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.