Rally unites Latinos in one voice against domestic violence

INDIANAPOLIS— Latino leaders, community members, and advocates united yesterday in a rally against domestic violence downtown at Monument Circle. The Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (LCADSV) and the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence organized the event.  

Indianapolis First Lady Amy Minick Peterson also joined the rally and spoke at the event.  “Domestic violence destroys family life,” Peterson said. “Many times women and their families suffer domestic abuse in silence. We want women to know how to seek the support and help they need when they feel trapped in an abusive situation. Today we’re also highlighting the need for more bilingual services in our community” This was the first rally organized by the Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “So much that burdens us takes place in the shadows of everyday life. It is vitally important that we all work together, both within the Latino community and without, to bring light upon the special cultural challenges faced by immigrant victims of domestic violence to better see to their solution,” Marlene Dotson, President of the Board of LCADSV said.  

Latino leaders held a banner that read in Spanish ¡Unidos Contra La Violencia Doméstica! (United Against Domestic Violence). People also released purple balloons as a sign of prayerful thoughts for the victims of abuse.

The rally was sponsored by the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Marion County Minority Health Coalition, the Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis and the Julian Center.

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.