Immigrant Survivors of Partner Violence


In 2001, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati formed the Alliance for Battered and Abused International Women, later called the Alliance for Immigrant Women, to respond to the increased number of immigrant women who were seeking services or were injured as a result of domestic violence. In 2017, the Alliance for Immigrant Women became Immigrant Survivors of Partner Violence (ISPV). The program now offers community outreach, technical assistance, expertise training on immigrant issues, cultural sensitivity, language access, and the ability to provide direct service and case consultation to immigrant survivors of partner violence.

ISPV has over 20 partner agencies that work to develop prevention and intervention programming and to coordinate services for immigrant or Limited English Proficiency (LEP) victims in the community to ensure they have access to necessary resources.

The YWCA serves as lead fiscal agent for this project and receives funding from the Office of Criminal Justice Services Justice Assistance Grant Fund, Office of Violence Against Women, and discretionary funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to implement programming.

ISPV is a proud partner in the Family Violence Prevention Project.

Family Justice Center

YWCA Greater Cincinnati was recently awarded funding by the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) to start a Family Justice Center in Cincinnati, in order to improve the criminal justice responses to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The FJC will serve as a coordinated community response for strengthening victim services and legal advocacy to survivors, with priority focus on strengthening culturally-specific services to immigrants. The FJC will open centers with community-based partner Santa Maria Community Services in Price Hill, and with law enforcement partner Colerain Township Police Department in Colerain Township. The two FJC locations will serve as comprehensive victim service centers, accessible to all women in Hamilton County, and will meaningfully increase access to services for under-served populations. To contact the FJC, please call: 513-302-2175.

For more information about ISPV events, trainings, or educational materials available for public distribution, please contact Sophia Kosthoff at (513-)361-2157 or skostoff@ywcacin.org.





Community Education

In addition to an annual conference, ISPV provides training to a wide range of audiences, including service providers, law enforcement, immigrant community-based organizations, medical personnel and many other groups that serve immigrant victims of domestic violence. Our trainings focus on such topics as: abuse tactics used against immigrant women; working with international victims of domestic violence; language accessibility; cultural competency; public benefits for battered immigrants; and immigration remedies for domestic violence victims.

Material Development

ISPV has emerged as a leader in Ohio in producing culturally and linguistically appropriate resource materials on domestic violence. We have developed safety plan brochures in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean. We also have created Healthy Relationship Brochures in Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi and Urdu. ISPV has recently developed limited literacy safety plans in Spanish and the Guatemalan languages Mam and K'iche, and limited literacy Red/Green Flag Healthy Relationship cards in Spanish. ISPV multilingual materials are available for distribution.

Click below for Safety Plans in:
K'iche
Mam
Spanish

Technical Assistance

ISPV's newly expanded services include a bilingual advocate and case manager to strengthen legal advocacy service and assistance to victims in immigration matters. Case management services include screening and lethality assessment, crisis intervention and support accessing shelter, assistance in filing police reports or with criminal charges, referrals for assistance with protection orders, referrals for medical or mental health services, assistance with public benefits and housing, and referrals to community partners for cultural support and advocacy. 

Service providers also look to ISPV for expertise in the area of violence against immigrant women. We guide programs as they aim to make their services more accessible to immigrant victims, and we frequently assist with individual cases as well.

Advocacy

ISPV provides legal advocacy services and assistance to victims in domestic violence and immigration matters, including legal representation through partner Legal Aid Society at full hearings for protection orders and information about U visas and self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

ISPV advocates for immigrant victims through participation on local, regional and state coalitions with the aim of creating and implementing policies that address the unique needs of battered immigrants. In addition, ISPV promotes advocacy through training for judiciary members on domestic violence and appropriate treatment of immigrant victims. 

Our multidisciplinary High Risk and Victim Services teams focus on the reduction of domestic violence through lethality assessment, identification and management of offenders, and ongoing victim advocacy to support long-term safety. 

 

Outreach and Referrals

ISPV provides outreach to immigrant communities to increase awareness about domestic violence and community resources. We also draw on a strong membership network to provide culturally appropriate referrals for immigrant victims of abuse.

ISPV Spanish Language Public Awareness Campaign

ISPV developed a comprehensive, culturally relevant, multimedia Spanish-language public awareness campaign in 2007 to raise awareness about rights and services available to Hispanic domestic violence victims. Click here to see campaign materials and to read more in Spanish.

ISPV lanzó una campaña de conciencia pública de multimedia para in 2007 para aumentar la conciencia sobre los derechos y medios de protección disponibles para víctimas de la violencia doméstica hispanas. Haz click para ver los materiales y para leer más sobre la campaña en español.

Resources:


For information on human trafficking, visit:

General trafficking information:
www.polarisproject.org
www.protectionproject.org

Alliance Publications:
"Trouble in a New Land: Violencia Domestica against Latinas in Cincinnati," by Amelia Berry 

"Forgotten Victims: Immigrant Children and Domestic Violence," by Amelia Berry

Participating Organizations Include:

  • Asian Community Alliance
  • Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
  • Blue Ash Police Department
  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Muslim Mothers Against Violence
  • Center for Independent Living Options
  • Rape Crisis & Abuse Center of Hamilton County
  • Cincinnati Police Department
  • Refuge Connect
  • Colerain Township Trustees
  • Santa Maria Community Services
  • Colerain Township Police Department
  • Su Casa Hispanic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • End Slavery
  • Talbert House Victim Services
  • Forest Park Police Department
  • TriHealth
  • Hamilton County Department of Jobs & Family Services
  • University of Cincinnati's Women's Center
  • The Healing Center
  • University Hospital
  • International Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute
  • International Family Resource Center
  • Women Helping Women
  • Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Women's Crisis Center
  • Jewish Community Center
  • YWCA Greater Cincinnati
  • Jewish Family Services
 

 

 

 

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