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Instituto Para La Mujer de Hoy
Launch Pad Finalist
Domestic violence is a social problem that affects us all, as children who grow up in violent homes are most likely to be violent. I see many mothers and children suffering from depression, humiliation and low self-esteem. Their emotional and mental health is so affected that their chances of success in school or work are greatly reduced. We must change the way violence is perceived and increase the knowledge of the effects it has on children. Involving victims in the solution is the answer.
Our project in Orange County, Calif., has been providing empowerment courses to immigrant women who have been victims of domestic violence. After learning about their human rights and the impact of domestic violence on children, graduates of our course want to reach out to other women. We believe they are the best advocates for women who are in abusive relationships. By reaching out and providing testimonials and presentations, we can change the way family violence is viewed in the community.
We’d like to develop materials and provide stipends to 10 women who can be part of our prevention efforts. Our goal is to reach 20,000 community members through schools, community centers and community events. We continue to seek grant funds and volunteer time to carryout our goals and objectives.
About Irene Martinez
I have 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, providing health, education, culture and economic development programs to immigrant communities. As a child, I grew up with domestic violence in my home. I know the devastating effects it has on children and their life choices.