Affecting Latino Victims of Domestic Violence

Indianapolis, IN ­The Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, in collaboration with Marion County Purdue Extension and many other organizations and sponsors, presented the Derecho A Vivir Sin Violencia: Latinos Speak Out statewide conference.

This was a one day event dedicated to raising awareness and searching for solutions to incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault among Latino communities in Indiana. As our Latino population continues to grow, it is important to engage the civic infrastructure within the Latino community and confront these taboo issues. The Latino Coalition believes this can be accomplished by harnessing our cultural strengths and resources, developing individual leadership, and providing forums for learning, sharing, and fellowship.

The conference featured a keynote address by Victor Rivers, Latino actor, activist, and spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. Rivers spoke with real eloquence about his experience as a child of a violently abusive father and the voice it gave him to speak against domestic violence. The conference also featured workshop presentations by several other nationally recognized experts and local professionals.

“We were greatly gratified that more than 240 activists from across Indiana were able to join in this day of useful learning and networking in this important cause,” said Marlene Dotson, President of the Board of LCADSV. “We didn’t know it until we were told by some of the national figures who were presenters at the conference, but it turns out that our statewide effort in Indiana is the first such program in the country. We are proud of our successful conference and Indiana should be proud, as well.”

Mission: The Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes awareness and works towards the elimination of domestic and sexual violence and its contributing conditions affecting Latino communities in Indiana.