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Forum on Latinos Who Batter: Hope for Those who Hurt Others!
Congreso Sobre Hombres Latinos Que Maltratan:
Esperanza Para Hombres Que Dañan a Otro

Saturday, April 28, 2001

Cultural Competence in Connecticut: Evolve Program

Presented by: Fernando Mederos and Oliver Williams

EVOLVE is a culturally affirmative curriculum for physically abusive men attending racially and ethnically mixed groups. It uses values, traditions and common experiences from the men's own cultural background to help men move toward non-violence, responsibility and healing in relationships. This workshop will illustrate this curriculum through a brief talk and through small group participatory audience exercises.

National Compadres Network: El Hombre Buscando Su Balance

Presented by: Ricardo Carrillo, Rolando Goubaud-Reyna, Samuel Martinez, and Jerry Tello

This workshop will emphasize a treatment and prevention strategy for working with Latino batterers based on Freirian and Pre-Columbian principles of El Hombre Noble. Men learn accountability for their violence through the concept of "Palabra" and learn ancient spiritual values of balance, rhythm, and harmony by honoring the "sacredness of relations." National Compadres Network will be described as a mentorship and prevention strategy with young men at risk for domestic violence as well as maintaining violence-free relationships.

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Caminar Latino: A Comprehensive Intervention for Latino Families Affected by Domestic Violence

Presented by: Julia Perilla and Felipe Perez

This culturally specific intervention program for Latino men who batter emerged in direct response to the request of abused Latinas who were members of the first support and reflection group for Spanish-speaking women in Georgia. Caminar Latino uses a concientización (critical consciousness) model that includes information sharing, dialogue, and re-educational components regarding domestic violence and substance abuse. Its curriculum draws heavily from the model developed by CECEVIM and adapted to the realities and needs of the Latino population in Atlanta. This presentation will discuss the philosophical and theoretical framework of the program and provide the opportunity for participants to experience an actual session of the Intervention, through exercises, dialogue and discussion.

CORIAC Model in Mexico

Presented by: Roberto Garda

(This workshop will be presented in Spanish/Este taller se presentará en Español).

Workshop title: "El Proyecto de Hombres Renunciando a Su Violencia: Una Experiencia Reeducativa con Hombres en México"
("The Project of Men Renouncing their Violence: a Re-educative Experience with Men in México")

Descripción del Taller en Español:
CORIAC trabaja desde hace siete años con hombres que desean hacer un compromiso con la no violencia. Desarrollamos nuestras actividades en México Distrito Federal. En la exposición se presentarán las características del modelo de intervención de CORIAC denominado "Proyecto de Hombres Renunciando a Su Violencia". Se expondrán los niveles de intervención, las técnicas usadas y su sustento teórico. Además, se presentará material usado en la capacitación y las experiencias que se han tenido al capacitar y reproducir el modelo de trabajo en otras partes del país.

Workshop Description in English:
CORIAC has worked for the past seven years in Mexico City with men who are committed to not using violence. This workshop will present the main characteristics of CORIAC's intervention model, called "Men Renouncing their Violence." Topics covered will include the different levels of intervention, the techniques used, and the underlying theoretical basis for this model. Additionally, materials used in the men's groups will be presented. There will also be a discussion about the experiences and results from trainings and efforts to replicate this model in other parts of Mexico.

Poder y Control: Tácticas de Hombres que Abusan;
El currículum de Duluth en español.

Power and Control: Tactics Used by Abusive Men:
The Duluth Curriculum in Spanish

Presented by: Luis Aravena

Basado en las experiencias de años de trabajo aplicando el modelo de Duluth en grupos de hombres hispanos, este taller servirá tanto para presentar la versión en español del currículum y el video que lo acompaña, como también para practicar algunas de sus herramientas educacionales. Usando el método del educador brasileño Paulo Freire, este currículum provee a los facilitadores y las facilitadoras de grupos con un marco de trabajo para explorar y confrontar tanto los comportamientos abusivos, como las creencias con las cuales los hombres que abusan a sus parejas se justifican. Se mencionarán también elementos generales del modelo de Duluth o de Respuesta Comunitaria Coordinada a la violencia doméstica (CCR en inglés), del cual los grupos educacionales para hombres son parte.

Based on years of experience applying the Duluth model in groups with Hispanic men, this workshop will present the Spanish version of the Duluth model and the accompanying video, as well as provide an opportunity to experience some of the educational exercises. Using the method designed by the Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, this curriculum provides group facilitators a framework with which to explore and confront abusive behavior, as well as the beliefs used by abusers to justify their actions. This workshop will also mention general elements of the Duluth Model and the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to domestic violence, which includes the educational groups for men

CECEVIM: A Culturally Appropriate Model for Working with Latino Abusers

Presented by: Antonio Ramirez

Working with ethnic groups requires an understanding of the group's culture, history and how subjectivity is created. This workshop explores CECEVIM's theoretical bases for understanding cultural, historical and psychological aspects about working with Latino abusers, as well as interventions based on that theory. CECEVIM's three theoretical foundations to promote dignity and democracy in intimate relationships are: gender analysis based on Latin American feminism, ecology and ancient spiritual teachings. CECEVIM is the "Centro de Capacitaciõn para Erradicar la Violencia Intrafamiliar Masculina" (the Training Center to Eradicate Masculine Intrafamily Violence).

The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Organization (LLEGÓ):
Addressing Domestic Violence Issues Among Latino Gay Men

Presented by: Luis Nieves-Rosa and Martin Ornelas-Quintero

Workshop title: "Amores que Matan: En la Búsqueda de un Modelo Teórico Para Trabajar con Hombres Latinos Gay que Maltratan a sus Parejas". (" Love that Kills: In Search for a Theoretical Model to Work with Latino Gay Men Who Batter Their Partners".)

Domestic Violence has been recognized as a serious problem between heterosexuals since the sixties. Led by the feminist movement, there are various theoretical models to address domestic violence within this population. More recently there have been efforts towards developing theoretical models addressing this issue with racial/ethnic minority communities. Only recently the mainstream Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community started developing programs to document Domestic Abuse among same-sex gender couples. Little is known about Domestic Abuse within the Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender. There have been some efforts to address this issue in recent years. In this workshop we will share: 1) what has been done to address this issue, 2) review what theoretical models have been used to address domestic violence among same-sex gender relationships, and 3) highlight the particular concerns in developing a model to work with Latino gay men who are batterers.

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