Esperanza United departments

Tools & materials

Tools & materials 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 […]

Exercise 3: Finding resources

Exercise 3: Finding resources Just a week after attending the group, I was watching TV and saw a commercial in which several Latino men were discussing domestic violence in Spanish. I couldn’t believe it! At the end of the commercial, there was a telephone number to call and learn more information. […]

Exercise 2: Going to group

Exercise 2: Going to group Last night I went to the men’s group with Jack, and as I suspected, I was the only Latino there. It wasn’t a good experience. I told them Jorge’s story, and many of the men told me that I should call the police. I told them […]

Exercise 1: Meet Freddy

Exercise 1: Meet Freddy Freddy will be your guide Hello, my name is Freddy, and I live with my parents in West St. Paul, Minnesota. I am 23 years old, single and a senior at the university. I have a stepbrother named Jorge, and he lives with his wife and children […]


How  One thing that we have 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. Community engagement requires building trust, relationships and credibility as a relevant and effective resource for […]


Prevention  Although many prevention programs documented in the literature are limited in their inclusion of Latino men, a growing number of publications are beginning to document information for developing approaches relevant to Latino men. An evaluation of 309 participants indicates that Hombres Unidos Contra la Violencia Familiar has shown promising results […]

Intersecting factors

Intersecting factors DV occurs within the context of a family’s daily life, which is deeply affected by numerous factors including personal, familial, cultural, and socio-political issues. Although researchers have investigated the relationship between certain variables, they haven’t yet isolated a single variable that “causes” DV.  Rather, researchers have learned that DV […]

Prevalence of domestic violence

Prevalence of domestic violence National statistics about the experience of DV in the U.S. represent estimates that vary by different methods of data collection. Therefore, you will notice quite a bit of statistical variability. Nevertheless, we have presented some of the most recent prevalence information published on Latin@ populations. It is […]

Latin@ community expertise

Latin@ community expertise Working with Latino men to end violence against women: A qualitative exploration As part of the development of this toolkit, Esperanza United conducted a small study consisting of two separate focus groups and interviews conducted with members of the Latin@ community from St. Paul and Minneapolis in November, […]


Why 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 […]