Culturally Specific Institutes and National Organizations


ALIANZA: National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence Screen-Shot-2012-09-26-at-2.07.42-PM
800-342-9908 | Fax: 800-216-2404 |

National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) was established as one of three domestic violence “Cultural Institutes” to address the particular needs and concerns of communities of color experiencing family violence. Alianza specifically addresses the needs of Latino/a families and communities, although its work helps to inform the domestic violence field in general. Alianza’s work has been in four main areas: community education, policy advocacy, research, and training and technical assistance. It has grown into a national network of Latina and Latino advocates, practitioners, researchers, activists, and survivors of domestic violence.

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212-714-1184 | TTY: 212-714-1134 |

We empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy. AVP works with the larger community through efforts to educate the public about violence within and against our communities and to reform government policies and practices affecting LGBTQH and other survivors of violence. AVP works to educate law enforcement, health care professionals, school-based staff, and social service agency personnel on violence issues impacting our communities. By calling attention to discriminatory and re-victimizing responses, AVP works to hold law enforcement and social service agencies accountable to their obligation for fair and just treatment of LGBTQH people.

Arte SanaScreen-Shot-2012-09-26-at-2.06.44-PM
Email: | Fax: 866-254-8704 |

Arte Sana (art heals) is a national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence and other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change. Arte Sana promotes awareness, healing, and empowerment through bilingual professional training, community education, and the arts.

Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic ViolenceAPIIDVlogo-300x120
415-568-3315 |

The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national training and technical assistance provider and a clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. It serves a national network of advocates, community members, organizations, service agencies, professionals, researchers, policy advocates and activists from community and social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women.

A Call to MenScreen-Shot-2012-09-26-at-2.08.26-PM
845-354-2556 | Fax: 845-354-2557 |

Through seminars, workshops and other educational vehicles, A CALL TO MEN challenges men to reconsider their long held beliefs about women, in an effort to create a more just society. We achieve this by encouraging change in the behaviors of men through a re-education and training process that promotes healthy manhood.

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651-646-5553 |

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN) exists to advance effective responses to eliminate violence and promote healthy relationships within Latin@ families and communities. The NLN addresses four primary issues: increasing access for Latin@s experiencing domestic violence through training and technical assistance; producing culturally relevant tools for advocates and practitioners; conducting culturally relevant research that explores the context in which Latin@ families experience violence; and interjecting the lived realities of Latin@s into policy efforts to better support Latin@ families.

Toll-free: 888-636-4748 | Phone: 828-497-5507 |

Clan Star, Inc., a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in 2001, devoted to improving justice to strengthen the sovereignty of Indigenous women through legal, legislative, and policy initiatives, and, education and awareness; Clan Star provides technical assistance, training and consultation throughout the United States to Indian tribes and tribal organizations in the development of public policy strategies addressing violence against women.

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American CommunityIDVAACLogo-300x125
877-643-8222 |

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) is an organization focused on the unique circumstances and life experiences of African Americans as they seek resources and remedies related to the victimization and perpetration of domestic violence in their community. IDVAAC recognizes the impact and high correlation of intimate partner violence to child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence.

Men Can Stop RapeScreen-Shot-2012-09-26-at-2.12.16-PM
202-265-6530 |

To mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. To institutionalize primary prevention of men’s violence against women through sustained initiatives that generates positive, measurable outcomes in populations throughout the world.

National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy ProjectScreen-Shot-2012-09-25-at-2.36.33-PM

202-326-0044 |

NIWAP addresses the needs of immigrant women, immigrant children and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes by advocating for reforms in law, policy and practice. NIWAP is directed by Leslye E. Orloff whose 29 year career includes working collaboratively with experts across the county to develop and implement immigration relief, public benefits access and family law protections for immigrant women, children and survivors. Rocio Molina, NIWAP’s Associate Director, is an immigration expert, formerly with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence forging collaborations between advocates, lawyers and law enforcement to benefit immigrant domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource CenterNational-Indigenous-Womens-Resource-Center-300x76
855-649-7299 |

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. NIWRC seeks to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native (Native) tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to domestic violence.

Ripples InternationalScreen-Shot-2012-09-26-at-2.53.33-PM
Phone: +254-64-31410/31409 | Mobile: +254-722-733-128 +254-734-949-493 |

Funded by Global Christian Interactive Inc USA in 2004, NSC is known as Oasis of Hope and Love. NSC is a rescue centre that cares for completely abandoned children irrespective of their HIV/AIDS status. The centre was born out of the desperation, stigma, discrimination and possible death that abandoned children and those living with HIV/AIDS face.

Sisters of Color Ending Sexual AssaultScreen-Shot-2012-09-26-at-2.11.30-PM
860-693-2031 |

SCESA was born out of a desire for Women of Color in the anti-sexual assault movement across the country to reclaim our leadership and ensure inclusion of our experiences in ending sexual assault. We believe sexual assault is a symptom of a larger problem that reinforces an environment which allows violence to exist and a society that has deemed some people as less deserving. Therefore, SCESA’s overall fundamental principal is to give voice and develop action strategies that incorporate and address the multiple layers of discrimination that are faced by Women of Color and Communities of Color.

Vera InstituteScreen-Shot-2012-09-26-at-2.17.42-PM
212-334-1300 | |

The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice, with offices in New York City, Washington, DC, and New Orleans. Our projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world.