Hispanic women's group speaks out against domestic violence
By Perla Trevizo, Chattanooga Times Free Press - bio
Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Times Free Press.
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A couple of years ago, La Paz Chattanooga started a women's group called "Entre Nosotras" — "Among Ourselves" — intended to give local Hispanic women a place where they could talk about anything on their minds.
What they found, though, was that many of them wanted to talk about being abused.
"We used Entre Nosotras as a focus group to find out what women in the community needed, but after about a year, they all of the sudden opened up and almost all of them said that, at one point, they had been victims of domestic violence," said Melody Bonilla, who works in client care services for La Paz.
Last year, the group received a $200,000 grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, among 24 organizations nationwide and the only one in Tennessee to receive the money, which was to be used for cultural and linguistic-specific services for domestic violence victims.
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