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National Public Forums

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.

  • November 1997—National Symposium on La Violencia Doméstica: An Emerging Dialogue Among Latinos
  • June 2000—First National Latino Policy Summit on Domestic Violence
  • April 2001—Forum on Latinos Who Batter: Hope for Those Who Hurt Others
  • March 2002—El Encuentro: A Gathering of Researchers and Community Members
  • August 2003—Forum on Latinas and Domestic Violence: El Pasado, El Presente y El Futuro
  • August 2004—Roundtable on Shelter Access
  • November 2005—Yo Soy El Poder Del Cambio/I Am the Power of Change: Family Violence Prevention And Beyond
  • March 2010— Healing Generations and Transforming 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.