Violence Against Hispanic Women Network
Principal Investigator: Michael de Arellano, Ph.D. <bio sketch> <e-mail>
Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D. <bio sketch> <email>
Funding Source: South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SC DPS)
Dates of Project: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2011
This project proposes to further develop and establish victim services in Charleston County for Hispanic women who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or stalking. This will be achieved through a multi-component, community-based program providing victim services, community education, interagency collaboration, and training to victim service providers.
The specific aims are:
- To establish victim services for Hispanic women currently not available in our community through the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (i.e., community outreach program to provide psychological treatment for victimization-related problems among women who have experienced interpersonal violence) and enhance community awareness of violence against Hispanic women through community presentations.
- To develop a formal collaboration with victim service agencies (i.e., People Against Rape, My Sister's House, and Charleston County Sheriff's VSO, North Charleston VSO) to establish a Violence Against Hispanic Women Network to better coordinate victim services for Hispanic women through interagency meetings and trainings.
- To decrease barriers for Hispanic female victims so that they may access services and resources. Specifically, transportation will be provided by volunteers to and from crime-related appointments when necessary to increase service utilization and may attempt to assist with the removal of other barriers (e.g., help complete SOVA application)
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