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Iowa City Office:
HelplineIf you or anyone you know is in need of our assistance, please call us at our new helpline number at 1.866.881.4641.
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Direct ServicesMonsoon provide direct services to survivors/victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
SURVIVOR'S ADVOCACY: MULTI-LINGUAL ADVOCATES PROGRAM
Multi-lingual Advocates Program is an inspired application of the San Francisco Asian Women’s (SF AWS) Shelter Multilingual Access Model (MLAM).
The model was developed by the SF AWS as a response to the needs of the non-English speaking battered women and their children. The MLAM has been widely-use by different organizations working with Asian communities across the United States, for example DVRP in Washington, DC.
MLAM was introduced to Monsoon in 2004 as one of the SF AWS’s technical assistance recipient. Due to the lack of funding and a full-time staff, Monsoon could not implement the program. Today, Monsoon is federally and state funded and has one full-time staff hence have the capacity to finally implement a program that will enhance services provided by mainstream shelters and crisis centers across Iowa. The need for advocates who can speak the language and culturally competent is one of the issues discussed in the focus group discussions.
Monsoon will recruit bilingual/multilingual community members as advocates. These advocates will be provided with a 50+ hours introductory training about domestic violence and sexual assault and additional ongoing trainings, support and supervision will be offered in the future. The advocates are paid $15/hour and will work together with the staff and clients as a team, depending on the language needs. The program ensures linguistic and culturally competent support and advocacy for clients. The program also provides training and job opportunities for bilingual community members, and expands education about domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the many communities that the language advocates represent.
Join us in our commitment for a better community by joining Monsoon as a paid Multi-Lingual Advocate!
Email us at contact (at) muawi.org or call us at 515.288.0881 for more information and to receive the application packet.
SUPPORT GROUP: Chai/Teh/Cha Chat
Every second Saturday of the month, women from the community are invited for a sisterhood chat over tea or coffee. This monthly community event is not only for survivors of violence but also women who are interested in building sisterhood while learning about different issues that affect women of Asian descent.
If you are in need of individual counseling, please call our office number to set up an appointment.
Asian Women and Violence in Iowa|
Iowa Attorney General's Crimes Victims Assistance Division FY 2010 Statistics:
- 259 Asian women were served by domestic violence and sexual assault providers across Iowa.
- API women are least likely to report physical victimization.
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