Family Violence

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Family Violence is a public health issue affecting families of all races, classes, and ethnic origins.  In 1994, MCN began their Family Violence Prevention Initiative offering varied programs and resources to end familial and interpersonal violence in the migrant and immigrant community.  Through clinical and community interventions, MCN offered these cultural specific programs and resources to address the barriers/risk factors that migrant and immigrant women face, which include:

  • Isolation (may not have access to a telephone or transportation)
  • Language barriers
  • Cultural issues
  • Lack of access to health care and domestic violence services
  • Immigration/citizenship status
  • Economic constraints

Abused womanMCN has centered its programs and resources around relationships and family building interventions. These focus on protective factors specific to this population to foster primary prevention within the community.  Through a core set of values shared by most Latinos that promote positive behavior, MCN has guided curriculum development to promote positive attitudes and behavior which serve as protective factors against violence perpetration. These values include:

  • Placing family needs above ones own (familismo)
  • Cooperating with others through teamwork (colectivismo)
  • Respecting authority figures (Respeto)
  • Valuing interpersonal relationships more than material gain or status (Personalismo)

For more information on the MCN Family Violence Prevention Initiative’s history, view the Family Violence Prevention Initiative Timeline.