AVON Awards ELAWC $100,000 Grant to Expand Promotora Programs Nationwide.
ELAWC has been selected by the Avon Foundation for Women (AVON) to expand the reach of ELAWC’s Instituto de Promotora and provide training and technical assistance to community-based organizations in 6 cities across the nation.
ELAWC will work with local agencies in communities with emerging Latin@ populations and lack of culturally responsive resources to implement ELAWC’s pioneering Promotoras Contra la Violencia program. Promotora programs address the cultural barriers that prevent Latinas from accessing domestic violence services and build on cultural and community strengths to establish violence-free communities. The training has been successfully presented to more than 45 organizations across California.
The award is part of AVON’s $1.5 million investment in domestic violence prevention programs. ELAWC is one of 15 organizations awarded one-year grants. The focus of the grants emerged from the findings of the NO MÁS Study, commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women and the most comprehensive study of domestic violence and sexual assault in the U.S. Latin@ community to date. The study uncovered that 41% of Latin@s believe that fear of deportation is the number one barrier preventing Latin@ victims from seeking help, followed by fear of more violence for themselves and their families (39%) and fear of children being taken away (39%).
“The Avon Foundation for Women is focused on leading efforts that improve the lives of women. We funded the No Mas survey to better understand why domestic violence and sexual assault remain so inherently hidden within the Latin@ community,” said Christine Jaworsky, Program Director of Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Program. “Now that we know the root of the issues affecting the U.S. Latin@ community, we are proud to fund ELAWC to support and inform new resources tailored to the specific needs of this population. Together we can, and will, reverse these staggering numbers.”
We are thrilled to be a part of this inspiring program and thank The Avon Foundation For Women for their generous support.
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