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Promising Practices

The Violence Intervention Program

A Look at Community Based Services

Established in 1984, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) is the oldest community based, bilingual and bicultural domestic violence program in New York State. VIP is located in the community of East Harlem in New York City and employs a three prong approach to addressing domestic violence in Latino communities; these are: direct services, community education and community organizing.


Casa de Esperanza, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Community Engagement and Technical Assistance

Casa de Esperanza was founded in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1982 by Latina activists seeking to shelter and support Latinas who were experiencing domestic violence. Today it is recognized locally and nationally because of its distinctive work and mission: "Mobilize Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence."


Lideres Campesinas, Pomona, California

Community Organizing and Leadership Development

Incorporated in 1997, the mission of Lideres Campesinas is to develop the leadership skills of Latina farmworkers so that they can become catalysts for social, political and economic change and be able to advance human rights. Lideres Campesinas works to improve the dismal and dangerous working conditions of Latina farmworkers in the fields and
packing houses and conducts education on issues such as pesticides, domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault, HIV/AIDS and other health issues.


The Nuevo Amanecer Program, Dominican Women’s Development Center

The Special Role of Latino Community Based Organizations

A valuable resource that has often been overlooked within the domestic violence movement is the role Latino community based organizations (CBOs) can play in raising community awareness and mobilizing communities to end domestic violence. Latino CBOs with a long standing history of providing culturally proficient, multi-services to Latino communities are uniquely positioned to offer community based domestic violence services. Founded in 1988, the Dominican Women’s Development Center has provided a wide range of services to residents of Washington Heights/Inwood sections of Manhattan, including family counseling services, literacy classes, technology and job training. In 1998 it launched a comprehensive domestic violence program named Nuevo Amanecer.



Challenging Patriarchal Attitudes Among Latino Men

Founded in 1996, CECEVIM or Centro de Capacitación para Erradicar la Violencia Intrafamiliar Masculina (Training Center to Eradicate Masculine Intrafamily Violence) is a culturally appropriate intervention model for Latino men who are abusive to their partners.


The National Compadres Network

A Look at Mentoring, Fatherhood and Community Building Programs

Founded in 1988, the National Compadres Network (NCN) operates Men’s Circles (Círculos) in more than twenty cities throughout the nation extending from California to Washington, DC, providing a variety of mentorship, fatherhood and community building programs. NCN aims to help build safe and secure communities understanding that violence is a learned behavior (rooted in systems of oppression) that is passed on from one generation to the next and that violence can be unlearned. Drawing upon the values and traditions of the varied and rich cultures of Latin America, including pre-Columbian cultures, NCN helps men to understand and value the sacredness of all relations.


Caminar Latino, Atlanta, Georgia

An Ecological Approach to Addressing Domestic Violence

Caminar Latino, Inc. emerged in response to the needs of abused Latinas in Georgia. It began in 1990 as the first support group for Spanish speaking battered women in the state. The children’s groups, first started in 1993, as a babysitting service offered to the women and has evolved into a comprehensive youth program over time. In 1995 a male batterers intervention group was added to the program at the request of the women. Participants argued that their lives would not change in significant ways unless their partner, with whom most of them continued to live, could also get help.


The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Addressing the Legacy of Racism Head-on

Founded in 1985, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) conducts domestic violence training, counseling, community outreach, program management and technical support.

ICADV has distinguished itself as a leader in anti-racism work among statewide domestic violence coalitions. ICADV took a courageous action acknowledging racism within its institution and making public its commitment to work towards building an anti-racist, inclusive organization with diverse women in positions of leadership.


The Indiana Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Creating Latino-Specific Coalitions

Founded in 2004, the Indiana Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (ILCADSV) is the first statewide Latino coalition on domestic and sexual violence in the U.S. This unique coalition has enjoyed substantial success in galvanizing broad sectors of the Latino community to support domestic violence awareness campaigns and advocacy to increase funding for culturally proficient domestic violence services. ILCADSV has pioneered numerous programs and utilizes a four prong approach that includes public education, training and technical assistance, advocacy and data collection to accomplish its goals: