The average Hispanic client is a 31 year old unmarried woman with one (35%) or two (33%) children. Hispanic victims typically have low education levels, with two out of three (65%) lacking at least a high school diploma.  A little more than half has earnings from employment; 24% report no income at all when they first come to MSCFV for services.  The average Hispanic client received MSCFV services for 3.5 months.  This is significantly longer than the average of two months for other MSCFV clients.

Most Hispanic victims who receive MSCFV services experience abuse at the hands of a boyfriend (67%) or spouse (52%) who lives with them.  A significant minority of Hispanic victims (28%) have left their abuser at least once before.  Half of Hispanic clients come to MSCFV for services after a specific abusive incident.  Police are involved in most of these specific incidents.

All MSCFV Services are available in English and Spanish. MSCFV has a model program and service delivery system for Spanish speaking victims.

  • Bi-lingual staff or translation technology is available 24/7 to respond to hotline calls, provide crisis response services to area hospitals and court commissioner’s offices, provide counseling services and work with shelter clients.
  • Bilingual Staff and translation technology provide translation and interpretation services to attorneys who represent clients in emergency civil proceedings and they provide emergency legal advocacy
  • With the support of The Caroline Foundation, MSCFV is hiring a bi-lingual counselor to assist spanish-speaking victims of family violence.
  • Specialized training about Hispanic victims is provided in English and Spanish
  • MSCFV brochures, information packets and documents for victims to sign are provided in Spanish.
  • One shelter room is dedicated to Spanish speaking clients and is culturally sensitive in its furnishings.