“15 Years of Service in the Latino Community in Wisconsin”
UNIDOS’ mission is to provide a bridge to a safe environment through assessment, direct support, referral, education, training and collaboration to break the cycle of domestic violence in Latino communities, one family at a time.
UNIDOS was started in 1996 as a group of volunteers committed to helping Latina survivors of domestic violence access local services. The organization started as a result of social action research conducted with migrant farm worker communities in central WI between 1994 and 1996. This early research indicated that, although domestic violence (DV) was a serious problem within the Latino migrant and immigrant community, local DV services did not have the resources to work with this group of abused women. Staff from local agencies needed assistance to learn about Latino culture and how the problem of domestic violence was uniquely experienced by our community. To that end, UNIDOS has become a leader around the state as a resource for training and technical assistance to a variety of agencies around the state working with abused Latinas. In 2001, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence became a 501©3, not-for-profit agency.
Today, UNIDOS works providing direct service in Dane, Rock and surrounding Counties with a staff of 4 employees. However, we also provide statewide education and technical assistance to colleagues and professionals who wish to improve their services to Latinos in Wisconsin.
We receive funding from the Department of Health and Family Services, the Office of Justice Assistance, and the City of Madison. Also, in addition to private donations, we are proud members of Community Shares of Wisconsin.