Online Program

Survivors as health promoters to prevent IPV in immigrant communities

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Claudia Medina, Enlace Comunitario, Albuquerque, NM
Sandra Ortsman, Enlace Comunitario, Albuquerque, NM
Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects one in every three immigrant women in their lifetime. IPV victims undoubtedly need comprehensive intervention services. However, providing services alone will neither prevent IPV, nor will it enable us to reach the high demand for services. In order to successfully eliminate IPV in immigrant and refugee communities, intervention and prevention are and must be intricately connected. Thus, at Enlace Comunitario (EC) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a number of immigrant survivors of IPV, who previously received intervention services at EC, are trained in the development of their individual and collective leadership capacity. Then they work with the community to prevent IPV, conducting outreach work and presenting these topics to the community. It is important to note that the emphasis on the role of survivors in IPV prevention is on developing community leaders who work together with others to create change. EC's model reflects the history of the battered women's movement, as prevention efforts are led by those most impacted by IPV. The active participation of survivors in IPV prevention represents the heart and soul of a model, grounded in the experiences and insights of graduates from services and intervention programs.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain the need for comprehensive health services for immigrant and refugee women. Describe the advantages and challenges to work with IPV survivors as health promoters to prevent IPV.

Keyword(s): Peer Counselors, Immigrant Domestic Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of Enlace Comunitario, an organization working to eliminate domestic violence in the immigrant community in New Mexico. In that capacity I co- developed the Promotora project which empowers former victims to become agents of change and was found to be one of the eight most promising practices in the nation by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to prevent domestic violence in immigrant communities. I'll be presenting on this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.