While the number of studies examining domestic violence (DV) in Latin@ populations is growing, research on this issue continues to be limited in both quality and breadth. The various strategies used by researchers to collect data (e.g., phone vs. in-person surveys), the specific questions asked (e.g., number of acts of physical violence vs. the context of the violence), and the social/community conditions where the study is conducted (e.g., new immigration laws) all impact the results of the study.
One thing we learned as an organization that works to engage Latin@ community members to end domestic violence is that HOW you approach the work matters just as much as what you do. Demonstrating cultural awareness and a willingness to listen to community and respond accordingly are also key elements to successful community engagement strategies. This section explores some key cultural considerations for engaging Latin@ communities and provides practical examples of how cultural values can be integrated into your work.
The materials included in this section have been selected for this toolkit as examples and resources for you and your work for a few important reasons:
- The materials and resources included here represent engagement strategies that have been documented to work well with Latino men;
- The majority of these materials were developed by Latino men, for Latino men and
- The materials are representative of the diversity and strengths of our Latin@ communities.
Why get involved? This section offers answers to another important question: What can Latino men do as individuals to help end violence against women and girls?