Our violence prevention strategy is based on the understanding that victims and witnesses of domestic violence are the best leaders in breaking the cycle of abuse. Our clients apply their strengths to leadership and skills-building.
Our goal is to educate our clients and the community about the cycle of domestic violence and different types of abuse through:
- Promotoras Project
- Youth Leaders
- Engaging Men
- Prevention Classes
- Social Norms and Outreach Media Prevention Campaigns
- South Valley Men and Young Men’s Initiative
Our Promotora project trains domestic violence survivors, who have previously received intervention services from our organization, as community leaders (Promotoras). After an intensive leadership development training, EC Promotoras work to prevent domestic violence and child abuse through presentations in Spanish on: self esteem, dynamics of domestic violence and the impact of violence on children, positive communication and conflict resolution.
Our Youth Leaders project works with youth ages (12-17) who have witnessed domestic violence in their homes and who have previously received intervention services from our organization. Similarly to the promotoras the youth leaders work as peer educators training other youth in Spanish and in English at youth conferences, public schools and other venues. Additionally, these youth provide presentations to service providers and immigrant parents on the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on children, on the dynamics of teen-dating violence and teen healthy relating.
This project specifically engages Spanish speaking Latino immigrant men as allies to learn how to change social norms and end tolerance to family violence. Through trainings that last five weeks (2-hour session) we provide opportunities for men to learn about family violence, to examine beliefs that tend to perpetuate violence against women, and to mobilize men to stop and prevent violence in their community. Two community educators recruit male participants from the Spanish speaking community and facilitate the sessions based on the curriculum, Men United Against Family Violence (Hombres Unidos Contra la Violencia Familiar), developed by Migrant Clinician Network with whom we’ve entered into a formal collaboration agreement to make this possible.
We offer Parenting in Action and Healthy Relating prevention classes at Encuentro. The classes engage Latino immigrant families who are at high risk of being in a domestic violence situation before violence happens. Classes focus on healthy parenting and healthy relating with one’s intimate partner. These classes are free and in Spanish.
- Parenting in Action (Padres en Acción) classes work with immigrant families to increase parent participation in their adolescents’ intellectual, emotional and physical development. In fourteen-week sessions, this course covers themes related to effective parenting and introduces participants to innovative and effective techniques to parenting in current times; the curriculum specifically addresses the parenting challenges faced by immigrant parents in this country.
- Relaciones Saludables (Healthy Relationship) classes promote violence-free relationships. In fourteen-week sessions, this course’s main topics include self esteem, communications, conflict resolution, sexuality and relationship with our partners.
- Padres Responsables (Responsible Fatherhood) classes promote violent free fatherhood skills. In 14 sessions, this course’s main topics include examining the kind of man one wants to be, men’s health, friendship with other men, self-awareness, sexuality, parenting and co-parenting, and more.
Our staff and trained leaders work to train service providers on several topics including the dynamics of domestic violence, how domestic violence specifically impacts immigrant victims, benefits that victims are entitled to regardless of immigration status, serving individuals who have limited or no English proficiency, and the ways in which service providers can best serve immigrant victims.
We are available to provide trainings and presentations to university students, attorneys, law enforcement entities, faith group and more. For more information about trainings and presentations, contact Prevention Director Virginia Pérez-Ortega at 505-246-8972, ext 37.
Our promotoras, youth leaders, and male allies assist us to create culturally relevant Spanish-language domestic violence prevention and outreach tools and campaigns. They work to create the messages, voice the radio ads, and are featured in the print media. In the past, EC has created prevention campaigns using radio, TV, billboards, bus panels, posters, and newsletters.
The South Valley Men and Young Men’s Initiative (SVMYMI) is a project of La Red del Rio Abajo that involved at least five organizations (Enlace Comunitario, Valle Encantado, Prosperity Works, Partnership for Community Action Agri-Cultura Network, and Encuentro) to work directly with Latino men and young men. The SCMYMI pilot program focuses on building positive relationships between the Hispano and Immigrant Communities in the South Valley, having a positive impact on the life trajectories of 20 young men in our community.
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