CFVC created the Multicultural Program in 2003 to assist immigrant victims of domestic violence in Cherokee County, with a emphasis within the Latino/Hispanic community.
Since 2005, CFVC has served 626 immigrant victims of domestic violence from 69 different countries. CFVC seeks to ensure that immigrant victims and survivors of domestic violence have access to linguistically and culturally appropriate services through our Multicultural Program and our 24-hour bilingual advocates who answer the Georgia Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-33-HAVEN in Spanish.
The Multicultural Program services include:
- 24-hour Spanish Language Crisis Line and Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Case Management & Advocacy Services - Advocates use a trauma informed approach to assist immigrant victims and survivors to safety plan, identify their needs and the resources available to them, and to reach their goals.
- Legal Services - the Multicultural Program works closely with our Legal Department to offer free legal advocacy, to discuss immediate legal options, and to address longer term legal needs.
- Immigration services: CFVC is the only domestic violence agency in Georgia to receive the recognition by the Office of Legal Access Programs of the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the U.S. Department of Justice and has one partial accredited multicultural advocate that assist qualified victims seeking immigration relief under U-Visas, T-Visas and VAWA petitions.
- Housing Advocacy: Through our Housing Assistance Program for Immigrants, CFVC is able to assist a few of our clients with their rent payment while filing for immigration relief under VAWA or the U Non-Immigrant Status. CFVC’s Transitional Housing program also provides affordable housing, in partnership with the Department of Community Affairs and the Section 8 Program, for those who qualify.
- Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Financial Empowerment classes and weekly Support Group conducted in Spanish.
- Hispanic Leadership Workshop: In partnership with different experts, the Multicultural Program offers monthly Spanish Leadership Workshops, focusing on the needs of the Hispanic women in Cherokee County. Reproductive health, self-esteem, immigrants’ rights, finances and parenting are among the workshop topics.
- Outreach and awareness services - That include materials and resources in Spanish language. We also participate at Multi-Disciplinary Teams and provide trainings and presentations in English and Spanish. We publish a Multicultural Program e-newsletter and we have a Facebook and Instagram Pages in Spanish language.
CFVC's award winning Multicultural Services Department is known throughout the state for the world-class services provided to immigrant victims of domestic violence. The Board of Commissioners for Gwinnett County awarded Cherokee Family Violence Center with a Proclamation of the Hispanic Heritage Month for services we provided to Gwinnett County through the Statewide Spanish Hotline. In 2015, the Multicultural Department was the recipient of the Journey Award for Community Partner of the Year from Caminar Latino.