Informal Networks are key/trustworthy contact points for immigrant women, including churches, parent groups, coworkers, and relatives. These networks tend to be confidential or protective sectors of the community, often operating by “word of mouth” and grapevine to convey information.
Targeted outreach efforts must first generate trust and familiarity within these networks before seeing positive results (increased community awareness, support and referrals to legal and victim services).
“A friend of a friend who has a salon gave me a massage and talked to me about (victim services). You’re going to feel better, she told me, you are very depressed.”