Community organizing and advocacy have been a central part of Center for Domestic Peace’s work to promote social justice and community accountability around the problem of domestic violence and violence against women. Voces de Cambio (Voices of Change) is one such group, active in outreach, education, and organizing with the Spanish-speaking community in Marin.
Here are a few examples of the work they have done:
- Voces created a Spanish-language CD, “Healthy and Equal Relating for All,” to promote help-seeking behavior and prevent the need for law enforcement intervention and/or intake at Center for Domestic Peace’s emergency shelter.
- Voces also helped develop a culturally-appropriate booklet, “Are You in an Unhealthy Relationship? You’re Not Alone!” Voces has distributed these materials widely.
- To promote broad awareness about domestic violence, Voces also initiated the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Center for Domestic Peace, which involves community members and the district attorney’s office.
Since the 2004 pilot of the Spanish-language CD, Voces has helped distribute a total of 9,754 copies as well as 3,647 copies of the booklet since 2006. Distribution sites included health fairs, law enforcement trainings, educational venues, and other community-based sites. Many individuals from throughout the community annually attend Dia de los Muertos at Center for Domestic Peace.
Click on the following link to read the personal stories of the group of amazing volunteers that make up Voces de Cambio!