Proyecto Cuídate Participates in Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
November 3, 2014 | Chicago, IL
|Photo courtesy Latinos Progresando.|
Proyecto Cuídate, an Erie House initiative based in Little Village that aims to prevent violence and family division through a variety of programs and services, joined other organizations across the city this October by observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Local events took place throughout the month to provide education and resources for preventing domestic violence, including a peace march and rally on Saturday, October 18, organized by the Marshall Square Resource Network, a grassroots agency operating in the South Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods. The event served as a witness against all forms of violence in the community and attracted support from numerous neighborhood stakeholders, including Erie Neighborhood House, Latinos Progresando and George Cardenas, Alderman of Chicago’s 12th Ward.
Sandy De León, Director of Adult Programs and interim Little Village Site Director, says there is great value in collaborations like the one that formed for the peace march and rally. “Being able to come together as independent agencies and join forces as one to raise awareness of the severity of the ‘silent epidemic’ of domestic violence is powerful,” she comments. “We made it a point to open peoples' eyes to the multiple layers of trauma that domestic violence can leave behind.”
One facet of Erie’s Proyecto Cuídate that has been particularly successful in preventing domestic violence is its women’s wellbeing and empowerment program.
“Our groups provide a safe space for women to open up about past experiences, share thoughts, and support each other through current or past traumatic situations,” says De León. “They also help (participants) define what is and isn't 'healthy' within a relationship. Women are then encouraged and empowered to disseminate this information among their circles and pass it down to younger generations, by engaging their daughters and sons in dialogue around healthy, respectful relationships that are free of domestic violence.”
Proyecto Cuídate is recognized as an Illinois Family Advocacy Center under the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). For more information, please visit www.eriehouse.org/proyecto-cuidate.