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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:

Public Education: Recognizing that Spanish language radio and television are principal sources of information for Latinas/os, ILCADSV organizes bilingual media campaigns followed by regional events with cultural programming to educate Latino youth and adults about interpersonal violence.

Training and Technical Assistance: Through one of its principal programs named ENLACE (Encouraging Non-violence through Legal Assistance and Community Education), ILCADSV provides training across the state on cultural competency as well as immigration and family law provisions impacting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. ILCADSV also provides direct technical assistance to organizations seeking to create or enhance services to Latinas/os impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Technical assistance includes helping organizations to develop appropriate outreach strategies and culturally competent services and organizational practices, including practices to support the recruitment and retention of bilingual staff, volunteers and board members.

Advocacy: ILCADSV also advocates for better policies and more funding to increase the availability of culturally responsive services to meet the needs of Indiana’s rapidly growing and diverse Latino population.

Data Collection: Understanding that research and data collection is critically important in documenting unmet needs, identifying access barriers, and improving service efficacy, ILCADSV conducts its own research and data collection activities in order to increase its knowledge base and to offer recommendations to improve services for Latinas/os in Indiana.

For more information about ILCADSV visit www.Indianalatinocoalition.org.