Domestic Violence Prevention Program
Thanks to the generosity and vision of Verizon, MALDEF together with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), and the Los Angeles Urban League created the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative (LADVPC), a cooperative alliance to raise domestic-violence awareness in our respective communities.
Through a strong partnership with coalition partners, MALDEF provides the Latino community in the Los Angeles region with important domestic violence prevention information using a culturally and linguistically sensitive, multi-pronged approach.
MALDEF empowers Latinas and adolescents by informing them that domestic violence is a crime and violation of basic human rights, and that abuse should not go unreported or unaided due to lack of knowledge about the law, a victim’s legal status, age, language, economic, or cultural barriers.
The MALDEF Domestic Violence Prevention Program reaches Latino families through diverse strategies:
- Toll-free Information Line – In 2007, MALDEF launched a bilingual, 24-hour, free info line, 1-866-NO-ABUSO (1-866-662-2876) that provides information on domestic and teen dating violence prevention and legal rights. The confidential service also lists referrals to free or low-cost legal resources and to community organizations offering assistance and provisional emergency shelters.
- Prevention Education – MALDEF provides free community workshops with information on domestic violence prevention to Latino parents and youth. The adult program is designed for those who attend MALDEF’s Parent School Partnership (PSP) Program, however, the eight-week course on Domestic Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships in the Family is available to groups upon request. Prevention Education is also provided to Latino high school youth as part of MALDEF’s CREATE! Youth Leadership Program for teenagers at high schools in Los Angeles.
- Forums and Outreach Events – MALDEF holds Domestic Violence Prevention Forums throughout the year with lawyers, mental health counselors and well-known survivors to dispel myths and provide fact-based options and solutions to this devastating crime. MALDEF also participates in diverse community outreach events throughout the year to distribute free bilingual English/Spanish educational materials, including wallet cards, brochures and a regional resource guide with information on free or low cost community services.
- Community Awareness – Verizon’s contribution to raising awareness of domestic violence was used to produce an English and Spanish Public Service Announcement (PSA) on teen dating violence and emotional abuse awareness and prevention. CREATE! students wrote the scripts and also performed as actors in MALDEF’s English and Spanish PSAs. They clearly conveyed the message that relationship and family violence affect each person differently, and that victims have the right and responsibility to reach out for help regardless of age, language, national origin, or legal status. To celebrate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, MALDEF launched the placement of hundreds of full-color bus placards on the sides, tails and interiors of Metro busses viewed by millions of people throughout the highest Latino populated areas in the Los Angeles region. Ads included the message, “Stand up for Respect!/Lucha por el Respeto!” and promote the 1-866-NO-ABUSO info line and our website.
For more information, please contact Ana Paula Noguez, Domestic Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, at (213) 629-2512 x115 or send us a message.