Public awareness is universally important for all: battered immigrant women, informal networks, key service providers, and the general public. Public awareness efforts should be strategic and tailored by task forces made up of all key sectors depicted in the model to increase demand and requests for formal training in VAWA and Immigrant Rights.
Avenues of dissemination: Public Service Announcements, Targeted Outreach (community presentations, cafecitos, health and human service information fairs, conferences, etc.)
Survivor's Stories: Public Awareness Videos
The Pima County Battered Immigrant Women Task Force created public awareness videos to allow immigrant women who have successfully completed the VAWA process to share their stories. These videos can be used along with the training video, "With Liberty and Justice For All," in community film screenings or other settings to raise public awareness of the experinces of immigrant women victims of abuse.
Perspectives from a Survivor
"There needs to publicity so that women find out about the services. There should be more T.V. and radio so that women feel safe calling these programs. They don't trust these organizations."
“I found out about (VAWA) from other people. They ought to disseminate it more. The community doesn’t realize domestic violence makes you ashamed, no one talks about it; they try to cover it up. At first I thought they should talk about it in schools; but that might put the children at risk. It could be done in churches”.