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Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Project

Since summer of 2000 the state of Arizona has begun addressing the needs of battered immigrant women in terms of safety and access to crucial legal, health and human services, to ensure that they will be met as mandated under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Since 2002 the "Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Project" has been funded through the US Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office to lay the groundwork for:1) education, outreach, information and awareness, 2) training, 3) improved services, and 4)resource development. The first phase began when Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties each formed a Battered Immigrant Women Task Force charged with developing a multidisciplinary training curriculum for law enforcement, legal services, victim services and other health and human service agencies and organizations. In 2004 the project expanded to include Pinal, Yuma, Graham and Greenlee Counties.  During the life of this project I have continued to act as a Co-PI,  contracted project consultant, for the Governor's Division for Prevention of Family Violence (GDPFV) through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Grant. I have provided technical assistance to county Battered Immigrant Women Task Forces, implemented service provider training needs assessments, in addition to developing and implementing in-depth interviews for women who have attempted to obtain their VAWA approval letters with the intent of providing feedback to key service providers for quality improvement and training recommendations, and the subsequent development of a model protocol toolkit for coordinated community response to immigrant victims of violence.  In 2011 the toolkit went live on the Center for Rural Health website.   
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