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Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises and has many manifestations - from the most universally prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence, to abuse during pregnancy, so-called honor killings and other types of femicide. Countries have made some progress in addressing violence against women and girls. According to the UN Secretary-General's 2006 In-Depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women, 89 countries had some legislation on domestic violence, and a growing number of countries had instituted national plans of action.


While significant progress has been made, in recent decades, in raising awareness about the devastating effects of domestic violence, and many lives have been protected and saved, domestic violence continues at epidemic proportions. It continues to tear families apart regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or economic background, leaving in its path physically, emotionally, and spiritually injured women, men, and children.

According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control in February 2008 (Adverse Health Conditions and Health Risk Behaviors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) one in four women is abused by a current or former spouse, partner or boyfriend at some point in her life. Another study by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (Intimate Partner Violence in the United States) says that on average more than three women a day, in the United States, are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.


Alianza staff and training consultants had a very busy Spring 2014, traveling to Oregon, California and Illinois to deliver three On the Road to Social Transformation: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence trainings.

On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training.  It was held at the Library of Temple Beth Israel, in Eugene, Oregon - March 19 & 20, 2014.  Photo provided by Erika Lincango, Ojovivo Bilingual Community News & Media.

The first training took place in Eugene, Oregon on March 19 & 20, 2014. It was attended by 40 participants from Georgia, Oregon and Washington. The overall purpose and goal of the trainings was to assist service providers in strengthening their commitment and capacity to better serve Latino families & individuals affected by violence and to ensure that they are served in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.  The training, which was held in the library of Temple Beth Israel, was co-hosted by Womenspace of Eugene, Oregon.

On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training, held at the Ventura County Community Foundation Non-profit Center in Camarillo, CA - March 24 & 25, 2014.

The second training took place in Camarillo, California on March 24 & 25, 2014. It was attended by 36 participants from various states including California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and North Carolina. It was held at the Ventura County Community Foundation Non-profit Center and co-hosted by Lideres Campesinas.

Teresa Pedrizco and Juanita Flores, at our On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training which took place on June 9 & 10, 2014 in Chicago, IL at the Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty administrative offices.

The third and final training in this series was held in Chicago, Illinois on June 9 & 10, 2014. It was attended by 40 participants from various parts of the country and Puerto Rico. It was held at the Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty administrative offices and co-hosted by Heartland Alliance Human Care a Project of Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty.

Specific training objectives included the following:

  • Increase participants’ awareness about Latino population growth, diversity & positive impact on American society.

  • Understand the importance of making DV and SA programs and services more accessible and responsive to the particular needs of underserved populations, specifically Latinas/os

  • Better understand the individual and organizational barriers that limit full access to DV and SA programs and services

  • Enhance understanding of how structural and institutional racism impact the lives of people of color, and Latinas/os in particular.

  • Enhance understanding of Cultural Competence

  • Learn about various culturally and linguistically responsive approaches, strategies and programs created to address the specific needs of Latina survivors, families and communities and explore examples of what culturally responsive services look like in terms of policies, staffing, outreach, accessibility, practices and other key elements.

  • Learn how to conduct a cultural competency organizational self-assessment to help determine what changes need to be made, within their respective organizations, to create organizational diversity, eliminate disparities, and develop culturally competent programs and services.

The trainings were funding by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K091 from the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Violence Against Women.

Trainers/Facilitators for both trainings were Patricia Castillo, Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative in San Antonio, Texas and Mily Treviño Saucedo, founder and former Executive Director of Lideres Campesinas in California. Adelita M. Medina, Alianza’s Executive Director assisted with the first two trainings and Pam Ortiz, Alianza’s Administrative Assistant/Office Manager assisted with the third training.

For additional photos and copies of some of the materials and other resources used for these trainings please go to our resources page.

See what people are saying about our trainings.

A special thank you to the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, for making our online Resource Center possible through Grant numbers 2009-TA-AX-K067, 2010-ET-S6-K017 and most recently 2011-TA-AX-K091. Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the organizers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Alianza would also like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have made donations or otherwise provided support:

A big thank you also to individuals who have volunteered their time to Alianza, including Monica Chavez-Montoya, Yvonne Riggs, Antonio Cordova and Ryan Salazar. Their help is much appreciated.

National Directory



Click here to view or download a copy of our National Directory of Domestic Violence Programs Offering Services in Spanish or you can now use our dynamic online directory, which allows you to search through the directory by state.

Hi Ivonne,
I wanted to take the time to thank you & Mily for taking your time to train SARSSM on how to better serve the Latino Community in Southern Maine. I found this training extremely valuable and noted many ways in which our agency can grow from here and how I can be a better sexual assau...
Angela Giordano