The mission of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center is to ensure that all women, girls and their families live in a place of safety, health, and personal well-being, free from violence and abuse, with equal access to necessary health services and social support, with an emphasis on Latino communities.


East Los Angeles Women’s Center

Founded in 1976 by women leaders in the East Los Angeles community, ELAWC serves as a leading voice for thousands of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. From our humble beginnings as the first in the nation bilingual hotline for Spanish–speaking survivors of sexual assault, today ELAWC provides an array of innovative and integrated culturally responsive services that build on a foundation of trauma informed, evidence-based services. Working in collaboration with individuals, groups, communities and our partners we strive to foster the implementation of policies and practices that support social justice and human rights.


Removing domestic violence as grounds for asylum sends a chilling message to survivors in U.S.

This decision by the administration is a step backward for domestic violence survivors and families. It sends a message — to immigrants and to U.S. residents — that you won’t be taken seriously, or that you can inflict harm, because domestic violence is a “private crime.” This attitude encourages people to turn a blind eye to violence and suffering and only serves to perpetuate the cycle of domestic violence. Learn More

Winter Newsletter 2018-19


Annual Review 2017



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