Hispanic-Focused Group Helps Domestic Abuse Victims

By Liz Collin, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — For almost 30 years, a Twin Cities organization has been working to end domestic violence in Minnesota’s Hispanic community.

This holiday season they’re asking others to help families who find themselves in abusive relationships.

Maria Alvarado was one of those women. She came to Casa de Esperanza a year ago looking for help. Alvarado spoke to WCCO-TV through a translator.

“I came to the organization because of domestic violence,” she said.

Alvarado finally ended things with her husband after he stabbed her seven times.

“It was very good because they really supported me. It was good and everything,” she said.

The organization aims to approach advocacy from a “Latina cultural context.”

That context can sometimes be complicated for mainstream organizations to understand. Many of Casa de Esperanza’s clients worry about reporting abuse because of immigration issues.

Eva Benavidez Clayton does marketing and communications work for Casa de Esperanza.

“Latinas might not know how to navigate systems here or figure out how to access systems,” said Clayton.

Through the Minnesota’s only bilingual crisis line, the organization helps women navigate it all.

“Strong and healthy communities are communities where people can get access to resources and information,” said Clayton.

Alvarado found safety at the shelter they offer. She takes part in classes with other women in similar circumstances.

“I would like to tell them that if they are in a situation of domestic violence that they can escape and that they can ask for help,” said Alvarado.

Casa de Esperanza hosts a holiday charity drive for families in need each Christmas, called Projecto Navidad. There are still some families waiting to be “adopted” this year. Donors can buy gifts and food for a family.

People who would like to help or know more about it can call (651) 646-5553 or visit Casa de Esperanza’s website. Victims should be careful about visiting the site on a computer their abuser has access to.

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women and the Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line at 1-866-223-1111 are also good resources.

WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin Reports

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  1. Kevin says:

    Illegals beat their women? Really????

  2. Nana says:

    Just like men of any religion, age, ethnicity. Domestic abuse is not localized in any one community, it’s rampant all over the world. Are you racist against Mexicans?

    1. Jeff says:

      Nana-

      Just like men AND women of any religion, age, ethnicity. Domestic abuse victims are not just women. Women can be just as abusive and dangerous as men. I’m tired of the stereotypes and bias against men.

      ALL domestic violence needs to be stopped.

      1. Senora Gringa says:

        And Jeff, I don’t think these men have any where they can go like the shelters women have. It’s wrong all the way around for anyone that gets abused but men have it so much harder in terms of getting help and what society thinks.

    2. Senora Gringa says:

      Nana, not all Latinos are Mexican. Mine is Chicano but still a Latino. My kids are Americans but still Latinas and Latino. Only Mexicans are from Mexico.

  3. Lidia Davis says:

    THAT’S NOT TRUE… ME AND MY SISTER ARE MEXICAN AND THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT IS THAT I’M LATINA AND SHE IS CHICANA BECAUSE I WAS BORN IN MEXICO AND SHE WAS BORN IN THE US

  4. Lidia Davis says:

    I UNDERSTAND THAT MEN GET ABUSED BUT WOMEN GET PUT IN THE SITUATION WHERE THEY THINK THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA OR WHERE EVER, GET MARRIED TO AN ABUSIVE PERSON AND COME FROM THEIR COUNTRIES they COME HERE WITH NO ONE TO TURN TO AND THINK THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE IMMIGRANTS THEY CANT GET OUT OF THIS SITUATION AND THINK THEY WILL GET DEPORTED SO THEY NEVER COME FORWARD ABOUT THE ABUSE… WHAT SITUATION DO MEN GET IN THAT THEY CAN’T GET OUT OF?

    1. Jeff says:

      I understand that immigrant victims of DV are in a special situation, particularly women. But it is possible for an immigrant male to be in the same situation as well.

      My overall point is that the system is terribly biased against men, regardless of race, nation of origin or any other factors…and that is wrong. I am tired of reading news articles/comments implying (whether on purpose or not) that the only DV victims are female, and the only offenders are male. And the advocacy groups and shelters, they play an important function, but its only available to women. I was abused by my ex-wife for 10 years, there was never any help for me. The police ignored it, shelters refused to help and often hung up the phone on me.

  5. Lidia Davis says:

    sorry to hear that i know that there are abusive women out there and i know that there is always hope that the abusive person is going to change but really aren’t unless they take them selves to get helped… sometimes you feel so down that you completely forget thinking how beautiful the rest of your future may end up but i think that they do need to start organizations for men that get abused if they haven’t yet

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