ELAWC leads Boyle Heights Advisory Council

posted Jul 31, 2013, 2:41 PM by BHC Boyle Heights   [ updated Aug 2, 2013, 2:38 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

Working to End Violence against Women and Girls

The first meeting of the newly established Boyle Heights Advisory Council took place on July 11, 2013. The Council includes members from all walks of life: representatives of community organizations, youth leaders, promotoras, law enforcement and government officials, educators and healthcare providers. 

The purpose of the council is to work together to end violence against women and girls in Boyle Heights by understanding how violence is perceived locally, raise awareness about causes and effects of violence, and identify community interventions.  A key goal is to work collaboratively with the residents of Boyle Heights to develop and implement ideas that will change attitudes and reduce violence by increasing accountability within the community.

Violence against women and girls transgresses the basic human rights of all people. It violates a whole range of fundamental rights — human, civil, economic, social, and cultural. Not only does it violate the rights of individuals subjected to violence, but its repercussions impact children, families, entire communities — even nations. Violence against women takes many forms: sexual abuse, human trafficking, stalking and intimidation, physical violence and emotional abuse.

Purpose: A study was conducted in Boyle Heights that included; community members, business owners, and those who work in the community. The purpose of this study was to conduct a needs assessment to determine the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence and teen dating violence impacting women and girls living in Boyle Heights.  The study identifies community strengths and gaps in services, overall community knowledge, and documents the community response to violence against women and girls in Boyle Heights.

Key Findings

Community members believe domestic violence is:

  • a cultural norm
  • primarily a form of physical aggression (97%) vs.  verbal, emotional, or financial abuse
  • more prevalent in Boyle Heights due to social and economic stressors
  • requires a united community response

Professionals noted needs for improvement in:

  • Screening for domestic violence in healthcare settings
  • Support for survivors and their children with DCFS and law enforcement

The next meeting is August 8, 2013.

This work is funded by a grant from the California Endowment as part of the Building Healthy Communities program. For more information contact Carla Osorio @ 323.526-5819.