East Los Angeles Women's Center


“The Foundation grant provided the funding necessary for ELAWC to implement a program that has allowed us to meet the increased need for culturally specific and linguistically appropriate services for Latina survivors,” said Barbara Kappos, Executive Director of East Los Angeles Women’s Center.

Founded in 1976, East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELAWC) works to ensure that all women, girls, and their families live free from violence and abuse, with an emphasis on Latino communities. ELAWC provides crisis intervention via a bilingual 24-hour hotline, housing assistance, substance abuse services, group therapy, leadership development, and community engagement. It also trains and empowers women in the community to become peer mentors and provide therapeutic services to families who are suffering from patterns of violence and abuse.

In 2015, The Foundation’s General Community Grants were awarded to nonprofit programs that focus on supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The Foundation awarded ELAWC a General Community Grant to support its Promotoras Contra La Violencia program. The program trains Latina leaders to provide health education and support to primarily Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Compton area. The leaders are women in the community who want to become Promotoras (community health workers) and the trainings address sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and teen dating violence.

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