OCTOBER 2004

Web Resources en español for
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Mes de Concientización
sobre la Violencia Doméstica

Bridging the Spanish Language Digital Divide
• According to a study cited in the Journal of Family Violence, of 309 Latinas 18 years or older who spoke either Spanish or were bilingual, and currently resided in a southeastern state; the most frequently reported important barrier that kept women from getting needed services was language, either not being able to speak English or not having a translator.
Murdaugh, C., Hunt, S., Sowell, R., and Santana, I., “Domestic Violence in Hispanics in the Southeastern United States: A Survey and Needs Analysis,” Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2004

• While victim service funding cuts have altered the capacity and scope of many programs, more and more agencies (especially those that are Latina led) have turned to the Internet as a tool for Spanish language outreach. Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the country as well as the fastest growing group among Internet users. According to a study released in 2003, by the UCLA Center for Communication Policy, 75% of Latino users say that the Internet is either a “very important” or “extremely important” source of information for them.
Harlan Lebo, H., Corante, P., “Internet Use by Latinos Lower Than for Non-Latinos, but Online Use at Home Higher for Latinos,” UCLA Study Reports, UCLA News, July 2003

• In late 2001, Roslow Research Group, Inc. (RRG) conducted telephone interviews with 600 Spanish-surnamed Internet users in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and San Antonio; all of whom spoke Spanish at home at least some of the time; and reported having used the Internet in the past 30 days. The data gathered by RRG indicated that 55 percent of the surveyed Hispanic population spent their online time in Spanish and 45 percent in English. Latino Internet user focus groups have also stressed the desirability of Spanish/English language options for personal reasons as well as to assist Latino populations, implying that bilingual sites serve a valuable purpose in the Latino community.
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) "Closing the Digital Divide: Enhancing Hispanic Participation in the Information Age" (1998)

Online Resources
The websites and web pages are grouped by category and were included for one of the following reasons:
•  the scope of information available in Spanish
•  the quality of Spanish language
•  the uniqueness of information available in Spanish

As such compilations require ongoing revisions and a comprehensive listing is not possible at this time, we encourage website and webpage recommendations for inclusion in future online resource tools.
 
The categories below contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for the user's convenience. ALAS does not control or guarantee the accessibility, accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.
IMMIGRANT VICTIMS RIGHTS
Women’s Justice Center / Centro de Justicia para Mujeres
The mission of the Women's Justice Center is to provide advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other underserved communities of Sonoma County.

La Misión del Centro de Justicia para Mujeres es brindar una defensa gratuita a víctimas de violación, violencia doméstica y abuso infantil, particularmente en las comunidades hispanas y otras que no son atendidas adecuadamente en el condado de Sonoma. Proveer capacitación en defensa pública y educación comunitaria. Coordinar la Fuerza de Tarea sobre Mujeres en la Policía con el objetivo de incrementar el número de mujeres y personas pertenecientes a minorías en nuestras agencias de aplicación de justicia. Comprometernos con la justicia igualitaria para todas las mujeres y las niñas.
http://www.justicewomen.com/tips_immigrant_women_spanish.html
Houston Area Women’s Center
The Houston Area Women's Center's vision, leadership, and action empower women to advance their roles, rights and well being. HAWC provides shelter and support services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We serve people without regard to age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, color or ability. We educate and inform children, youth and the community at large to prevent and eliminate the causes of domestic and sexual violence.

El Centro de Mujeres del Area de Houston (HAWC) provee refugio y apoyo a sobrevivientes de asalto sexual y violencia doméstica. Educa e informa a la comunidad con el propósito de prevenir y eliminar las causas de estos tipos de violencias. Nuestra visión, dirección y acción prepara a nuestros clientes y clientas para progresar en sus funciones, derechos y bienestar.

http://www.hawc.org/spanish/sgeneral.htm#cresponses
 
TEENS
Teenwire.com
teenwire.com is the leading website for teens needing information about sexual health. We are committed to giving you the facts about sex so that you can use this information to make your own responsible choices. We provide honest and nonjudgmental information about sexuality with the hope that you will use this knowledge to reduce your risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The section, Contenido Nuevo: Sindrome de Trauma por Violación, is useful because it explains the stages that a rape survivor might go through after an assault. The information is not only well written, but also sensitive to explain that there isn't only one way or a correct way to respond after such a trauma. The section, Archivos de Articulos, has various subjects related to domestic violence and related issues for teens - all in español.

http://www.teenwire.com/index.asp?taStrona
http://www.teenwire.com/espanol/articles/es_20010313p014.asp
 
Dating Violence. Find out what you can do.
Entre parejas: La violencia en la relación de adolescentes y jóvenes

A generic brochure designed to be used or adapted by local programs; it was designed to provide basic domestic violence information that relates to teenagers.

http://www.dvalianza.org/resor/brochures.htm
 
LEGAL INFORMATION
Legal Momentum
Legal Momentum aims to help abused women escape the cycle of violence by advocating for their employment rights through its Employment and Housing Rights for Survivors of Abuse project. For further information, fact sheets have been provided as pdf files in various languages. This site also has downloadable resources in Spanish on:
• safety planning in the workplace
• employment rights for survivors of abuse
• housing rights for survivors of abuse

http://www.legalmomentum.org
http://www.legalmomentum.org/issues/vio/ersastart.shtml
 
Support Network for Battered Women – Santa Clara County, CA
The mission of the Support Network is to empower our diverse community to live free from domestic violence.

http://www.snbw.org/spanish_frame.htm
 
CREATING A SAFETY PLAN
Family Violence Law Center – Alameda County, CA
Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) is a nonprofit organization serving family violence victims and their children throughout Alameda County, California. Last year, FVLC provided legal, support, and crisis intervention services to over 7,000 women and their families in Alameda County.

FVLC es una organización no-gubernamental sirviendo a las víctimas de violencia doméstica y a sus hijos en el Condado de Alameda en California. El año pasado, FVLC proveyó servicios a mas de 7000 mujeres y sus familias. La misión del Centro Legal de Violencia Familiar (FVLC) es acabar con la violencia doméstica y el abuso en nuestra comunidad al proveer servicios legales, prevención y consejería ante todo para mujeres y niños.

http://www.fvlc.org/espanol_programs.html
 
ORGANIZATIONS/AGENCIES LED BY LATINAS
National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence
The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) is part of a national effort to address the domestic violence needs and concerns of underserved populations. It represents a growing network of Latina and Latino advocates, practitioners, researchers, community activists, and survivors of domestic violence. Website includes information on cultural competency issues as well as various resource links.

La Alianza Latina para la Erradicación de la Violencia Doméstica (Alianza) es parte de un esfuerzo nacional para atender las necesidades y preocupaciones sobre violencia doméstica para grupos menos favorecidos. Representa una red cada vez mayor de latinos y latinas activistas comunitarios, promotores y defensores, personal de las clínicas, investigadores y sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica. La misión de Alianza es: promover el entendimiento, iniciar y mantener el diálogo y generar soluciones hacia la erradicación de la violencia doméstica que afecta a la comunidad latina, entendiendo cuán sagradas son todas las relaciones y las comunidades.

http://www.dvalianza.org
 
Casa de Esperanza – Minnesota
Casa de Esperanza's roots are deep in Latino communities. Founded more than twenty years ago, our organization has developed and strengthened since its establishment as a shelter for battered Latinas. We have matured and transformed because of a brave, innovative spirit and responsiveness to Latinas. Today we are a Latina agency that is grounded in commitment to our communities and to ending domestic violence.

Los orígenes de Casa de Esperanza son profundos en las comunidades latinas. Fundada hace más de veinte años, nuestra organización se ha desarrollado y fortalecido desde que se estableció como un refugio para latinas maltratadas. Hemos madurado y nos hemos transformado como consecuencia del enfoque valiente, innovador y responsable hacia las latinas. Hoy somos una agencia latina que se basa en el compromiso con nuestras comunidades y tiene como misión movilizar a la comunidad para erradicar la violencia doméstica.

http://www.casadeesperanza.org/sp/
 
ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NCMEC was established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children. This website contains downloadable fact and resource guides in Spanish on both national and international parental abduction.

www.missingkids.com
 
STALKING ISSUES
Love Me Not / No Me Ames
love me not is the Los Angeles County District Attorney's proactive, informative anti-stalking program.

http://www.lovemenot.org/espanol/ 
 
LGBT
Network / La Red
Ending abuse in lesbian, bisexual women's and transgender communities
Acabando con el abuso en comunidades de lesbianas, de mujeres bisexuales y de gente transgénero

http://www.thenetworklared.org
 
MEDICAL/FORENSIC TERMINOLOGY
Médica de Tarragona, Spain
Violencia Doméstica Carácteristicas de Las Lesiones

http://www.medicadetarragona.es/aula/escalas/violencia_domestica.htm
 
Victims' Information Bureau of Suffolk County
• Guía para Mujeres Embarazadas que Viven con Abuso
• Rompiendo el Silencio: Asalto Sexual

http://www.vibs.org/Espanol.htm 
 
ONLINE DOCUMENTS
New Jersey State Bar Foundation
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the charitable and educational Foundation of the New Jersey State Bar Association, provides a wide variety of free law-related education services to the public.
Domestic Violence: The Law and You – Spanish (in pdf format)
http://www.njsbf.org/njsbf/publications/domesticviolence_sp.pdf
 
Independent Living Institute – Sweden
The Independent Living Institute offers resources for persons with extensive disabilities and develops consumer-driven policies for self-determination, self-respect and dignity.
Violencia y la Mujer con Discapacidad - This comprehensive international document addresses the dynamics of multiple forms of abuse, victim needs, and institutional barriers for survivors with disabilities.

http://www.independentliving.org/docs1/iglesiasetal1998sp.html
 
The Domestic Violence Project of Silicon Valley California
Violencia Doméstica: Manual de Información e Referencia - Adaptado del manual "From This Day Forward". Publicado por el Departamento de Probación del Condado de Santa Clara.

http://www.growing.com/nonviolent/victim/svict_re.htm
 
Radio KDNA – La Voz del Campesino - Washington
Radio KDNA is the only full-time educational Spanish language public radio station in the United States. Broadcasting on a frequency of 91.9 FM with an effective radiated power of 20,000 watts, from studios located in Granger, Washington, KDNA is owned by, and licensed to, the Northwest Communities Education Center, a not-for profit corporation.
Usted No esta Sola (You Are Not Alone) - a 16 page bilingual (Spanish/English) booklet fotonovela. Carmen's husband comes home after a long day's work, and loses his temper when dinner is not ready. After he storms out, Carmen calls her friend Maria, scared and uncertain what to do. Accompanying text provides clear information about domestic violence and where to turn for help.

http://www.radiokdna.org/novela_health_education.htm
 
The Texas Council on Family Violence
The Texas Council on Family Violence works to end violence against women through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men.

Texas Council on Family Violence (Consejo sobre Violencia Familiar en Texas) trabaja para erradicar la violencia en contra de las mujeres mediante asociaciones, apoyo y servicios directos para mujeres, niños y hombres.
Una Guía para Familiares y Amigos - algunas posibles señales que indican que tu amiga es víctima de abuso y necesita tu ayuda: http://www.tcfv.org/espanol/friends_and_family.htm
El abuso en Estados Unidos: http://www.tcfv.org/espanol/abuse_in_america.htm
 
ONLINE SAFETY
For Spanish language translations of the Tech Safety Plan, Tips for Victims of High Tech Stalking, and Web Wise Women, contact Safety Net: the National Safe & Strategic Technology Project National Network to End Domestic Violence in Washington, DC
SafetyNet@nnedv.org 
 
Naples Shelter for Abused Women & Children
The Shelter’s mission is to help adult and child victims and survivors of domestic violence through safety, intervention, and support; to educate the public about domestic violence; and to advocate for social change against domestic violence.

La misión del “shelter” es ayudar a los adultos y niños, víctimas y sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica proveyendo seguridad, intervención en crisis y apoyo, educar al público acerca de la violencia doméstica y abogar por el cambio social para erradicar la violencia doméstica. This website contains a significant Spanish language component.

http://www.naplesshelter.org
 
FACT SHEETS AND STATISTICS
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a nonprofit consumer education, research, and advocacy program. Our publications empower you to take action to control your personal information by providing practical tips on privacy protection. Our website contains numerous fact sheets on privacy rights and protection in Spanish.

http://www.privacyrights.org/spanish/PaginasInformativas.htm
 
ONLINE ACCESSIBILITY
Existe Ayuda / Help Exists
Arte Sana, Texas


While more Latinas turn to the Internet for self-help resources, Spanish language information regarding sexual assault and IPV victim services is lacking. Although some victim service agencies across the nation offer a variety of services in Spanish, specific information regarding these services is often missing on their website. In an effort to promote awareness of existing services among Spanish-speaking survivors, Arte Sana activated the first national online directory of services offered in Spanish, in January 2004, in collaboration with many victim service agencies across the nation, Mexico, and Canada. Since the aim was to create a simple information access route for Latina/o victims of sexual assault who prefer or require services in Spanish, the webpage includes easy-to-follow symbols for all of the standard rape crisis center services.

Arte Sana would like to invite those centers that provide ongoing services in Spanish to submit their information by completing the online form available at www.arte-sana.com/recursos.htm.

The actual number and types of bilingual services offered across the U.S. for Spanish monolingual survivors, the lack of existing criteria to determine the level of bilingual services available in a given agency, and the methods utilized to inform the public of these services, are issues of concern especially for Latin@ victim service advocates who are intimately aware of existing gaps in services. It has become clear that without a culturally competent infrastructure, anti-sexual assault and intimate partner violence programs cannot effectively promote the inclusion and meaningful participation of Latino communities.

In response to this problem, ALAS developed an official position statement titled, "Eliminating Barriers to Services for Latin@ Survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence". This position statement defines the challenges faced by Latina survivors and advocates and presents specific recommendations for eliminating barriers.

The position statement has garnered the support of 33 state sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, and the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault.

The following individuals were responsible for the editing of this document: Laura Zárate and Oralia Diaz, Arte Sana (Texas); Jessica Coloma, Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence;
Other contributors: Nancy Nash, Mid-Valley Hospital (Washington); Clara Galvan Lindstrom, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) Board and Arte Sana Advisory Council member (Oregon); Cathy Nardo, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (Pennsylvania)

 

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