The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) has convened eight national forums that have brought together Latina/o advocates, community activists, lawyers, judges, practitioners, researchers, and domestic violence survivors, to help develop a comprehensive and concerted effort to prevent and end domestic violence in Latino communities.
In addition to our national conferences, in October and November 2006, Alianza also conducted five regional trainings in the use of Alianza’s Curriculum and Supplemental Guide for Conducting Support and Empowerment Groups with Latina Survivors of Domestic Violence/Curriculo y Guia para Facilitar Grupos de Apoyo y Empoderamiento con Mujeres Latinas Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica
These forums have been vehicles for dialoging about the specific domestic violence needs and concerns of our communities; for exploring new approaches that take into consideration the culture and language of the people we work with; and for providing training for advocates, survivors and practitioners. They have involved women and men working together and helped forge partnerships with organizations and individuals both within and outside the domestic violence arena. The forums have also served to bring together, under one umbrella, many individuals who felt isolated in their respective regions and unsupported by the mainstream domestic violence community.