Toolkit for Creating a Coordinated Community Response for Immigrant Victims of Violence

Guiding Principles

  • Violence against anyone, regardless of immigration status, is a crime and a violation of human rights.
  • Victims of crime have a right to protection under the law regardless of immigration status.
  • Immigrants who are victims of sexual and domestic violence are especially vulnerable and are protected by law.
  • The safety of everyone in our communities is compromised if we fail to provide protection to any one group in our communities.

These are the GUIDING PRINCIPLES for developing this Toolkit for a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Immigrant Victims of Violence and Battered Immigrant Women.

This toolkit provides the important steps and guidelines for developing a CCR to immigrant victims of domestic or sexual violence, and particularly those eligibile for immigration relief and associated health and human services under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

STEPS for Collaborating for a Coordinated Community Response

1. Watch the short training video "And Liberty and Justice for All" to learn more about the VAWA federal immigration protections. Watch video >
2. Identify your existing collaborative partners and potential new partners and strategies. View planning guidelines >
3. Work through the CCR model with your collaborative partners to develop a coordinated community response. View model >

4. Have a question or need technical assistance? Contact Jean McClelland or Maia Ingram at the Mel and Enid Zuckmeran College of Public Health. If you are already a member or want to join a Battered Immigrant Women Task Force in Southern Arizona, contact your Task Force Coordinator. View list of BIWP Task Force Coordinators >


About This Toolkit

The Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Project designed this toolkit within the context of rural communities in Southern Arizona, for adaptation in rural communities, border communities, and other communities serving immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

This toolkit was developed, and is maintained by The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in collaboration and partnership with the Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Task Force Coordinators.  You may contact the Task Force Coordinators directly, through their contact information on the bottom of the main project page, or through their Local BIW Task Force pages, on the right hand side of this page.

Learn more about the history and guiding principles of the toolkit >

Project Funding

This project was supported by Grant No. 2008-WR-AZ-0036 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the viewes of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.