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NM Institute Focuses on Hispanic Family Violence


New Mexico State University received a $250,000 grant to create an institute that is addressing issues of domestic violence among Hispanic populations nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the funds to NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services School of Social Work to establish the  Hispanic Family Violence Institute.

 “This is an exciting opportunity for the School of Social Work and NMSU,” said Martha Roditti, assistant professor and field coordinator at the School of Social Work. “We have worked with HHS on other projects so they have seen the tremendous work we do to address family violence. With this funding we can now share our knowledge with others across the country.”

The university said the institute would undertake research, training and technical assistance to promote culturally relevant services to deal with family violence in Hispanic populations and to provide information on service delivery and evaluation.

Initial outreach efforts will focus on eight states across the United States with the fastest-growing Hispanic populations, officials said, and a Web site is being developed to host online publications and curriculums, as well as to provide tools to organizations serving Hispanic clients

Madeline Gillette, coordinator for the School of Social Work’s domestic-violence training program, said the institute’s “goal is to provide organizations with the tools to help them understand and work effectively with Hispanic clients” as the Latino population in the United States continues to grow.

The School of Social Work said it was collaborating with La Casa, a domestic violence shelter in Las Cruces.

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