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Partnerships with Domestic Violence Shelters

One of the strengths of our domestic violence service model is that women use the opportunity to help other women while completing their own process of self-healing as survivors of domestic violence. The exchange between peer counselors and victims has inspired us, and the women we serve everyday, to recognize our own great capacity to improve our lives and make positive changes in our communities.

Since 2012, MUA has partnered with Ruby’s Place (formerly The Emergency Shelter Program, ESP) in the city of Hayward. Ruby’s Place is a 40 year-old nonprofit organization which provides many services to women and families from across Alameda County who experience violence and abuse and need protection, education, and other services. Through our partnership, MUA peer counselors are able to support Latina immigrant women who receive services at the shelter, facilitate on-site informational workshops and group meetings, act as liaisons between Spanish-speaking immigrant clients and shelter case workers, as well as provide accompaniments to other service agencies when needed. As a result of our collaboration, MUA has helped bring comprehensive culturally competent services and support to Spanish-speaking clients and we are now working to build partnerships with other area shelters and help them better serve Latina immigrant clients.

MUA has collaborated similarly with Safe Alternatives to Violence (SAVE) in Fremont, which hosted weekly MUA support group meetings from 2015 to 2017.  During this time MUA staff conducted weekly outreach to Latina women in the Tri-City area to share information about SAVE’s services and to invite women to come to our meetings at the SAVE office.

Additionally, we have worked with My Sister’s House in Sacramento to help develop a statewide curriculum on culturally and linguistically competent service delivery for mainstream domestic violence service agencies.  In 2017 our services staff traveled to cities throughout California, with the support of My Sister’s House, to train nonprofit and government agency staff on cultural sensitivity and language access for Latina immigrant women.

If you are interested in partnering with MUA to enhance your work with Latina clients, please contact Executive Director Juana Flores, juana@mujeresunidas.net.