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.
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