The incidence of homelessness among Latina' survivors and their children propelled the East Los Angeles Women’s Center to conduct the present qualitative assessment study. The purpose of the study is to ascertain the mediating factors that impact the pathway to homelessness for this group. To this end, a series of focus groups comprised of first- and second-generation Latina survivors, with a third representing immigrant survivors, were conducted. The focus groups provided a voice for Latinas coping with homelessness and domestic violence. To further enhance the study, the East Los Angeles Women’s Center reached out to service providers (experts in the field) in Los Angeles County, with expertise on homelessness and domestic violence. The study’s aim was to attain information from the professional community that would bring to light the mitigating factors that contribute to homelessness among survivors and their children.
We are grateful The California Endowment for their on-going support in ending gender-based violence and homelessness.
Women and HIV AIDS
Community Pilot Study Report
Latinas, Domestic Violence and HIV
The world is witnessing declines in the rate of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths among children and adults. However, women continue to account for more than 50% of the global cases, the majority contracted through heterosexual relationships.
Human Trafficking and the Prevention of HIV/AIDS
Human Trafficking and HIV: Prevention with a Focus on Latinas
Funded by the City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator’s Office, ELAWC conducted a study to better understand the causes and consequences of human sex trafficking in our region, with particular emphasis on strategies for reducing HIV risk.
Promotoras Contra la Violencia Evaluation Report
Promotoras Contra La Violencia Evaluation Report by Barbara Kappos, LCSW; Martha Cristo, PhD; Stephanie Mesones Alvarado, MPH; Genoveva Lopez, BA.
This report documents use of the ELAWC’s Promotoras Contra La Violencia (PCLV) training model to integrate DV prevention programs and services among low-income, Latina women throughout the state of California.
ELAWC served as the lead agency and worked with three other organizations to expand and enhance capacity to evaluate and implement Promotora programs in local communities.
A grant through Blue Shield of California Foundation provided funding to enable partners to share expertise in working with farm workers, domestic violence, advocacy, financial literacy, and prevention.
Boyle Heights Policy Report
The policy report documents the needs assessment conducted to determine the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault against women living in Boyle Heights and identifies knowledge, access, and responses to these issues. The intent is to give a better understanding of Boyle Heights community members’ perceptions regarding the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault in order to develop effective, culturally sensitive, and community focused programs and responses. Download the report below.