La Casa de las Madres’ Community Education and Outreach Program is a broad-based effort to help the public understand what domestic violence is, how it affects individuals and families, and why each one of us must be involved in creating and demanding violence-free communities. It is an integral adjunct to our survivor-based services. Through outreach and education, we transform public perceptions about domestic violence and open our doors to victims, their friends, and family members.
Our educational efforts take place in schools, corporations, public and private social service agencies, and community recreation and resource centers. They reach diverse populations and communities, from mothers of elementary school children, lawyers, medical providers, and social workers to students at all education levels, social clubs, counselors, and support groups.
For instance, La Casa provides presentations annually at all of San Francisco’s ten community police stations and, in collaboration with the SFPD Domestic Violence Response Unit, at the San Francisco Police Academy. Reaching over 80% of officers, these presentations update officers on victim intervention techniques, the services available to victims, and the ways in which La Casa can assist officers in providing a comprehensive response to victims on scene and at the station.
To achieve our mission, La Casa welcomes the opportunity to empower community members with information and resources. We engage audience members in deconstructing the stereotypes and myths that surround domestic violence, and in building knowledge and skills to motivate individual and social change. Activities may be didactic or in a workshop format, and the specific content of an educational presentation can often be tailored to your audience.
We welcome your for more information or to schedule an educational session.