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Alliance for Immigrant Women (AIW) 



In 2001, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati formed the Alliance for Battered and Abused International Women, now called the Alliance for Immigrant Women, to respond to the increased number of immigrant women who were seeking services or injured as a result of domestic violence. Over 20 agencies have joined to develop prevention and intervention programming and to coordinate services for immigrant/non-English speaking victims in the community to ensure they have access to necessary resources.

The YWCA serves as lead fiscal agent for this project and  receives funding from Office of Criminal Justice Services Justice Assistance Grant Fund and Discretionary Funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to implement programming for the Alliance.

The Alliance is a proud partner in the Family Violence Prevention Project.

Participating Organizations Include:       

  • Blue Ash Police Department
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Center for Independent Living Options
  • The Childhood Trust, Cincinnati Police Department
  • Florence Police Department, Forest Park Police Department
  • Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services
  • The Hispanic Resource Center
  • International Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • International Family Resource Center
  • Islamic Center  of Greater Cincinnati
  • Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services
  • Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
  • Rape Crisis & Abuse Center of Hamilton County
  • Santa Maria Community Services
  • Su Casa Hispanic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Talbert House Victim Services
  • University of Cincinnati Women's Center
  • University Hospital
  • Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute
  • Women's Crisis Center
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

Project Goals:

community education

In addition to an annual conference, the Alliance provides training to a wide range of audiences, including service providers, law enforcement, immigrant community-based organizations, medical personnel, and many other groups that serve immigrant victims of domestic violence.  Our trainings focus on such topics as: abuse tactics used against immigrant women; working with international victims of domestic violence; language accessibility; cultural competency; public benefits for battered immigrants; and immigration remedies for domestic violence victims.  

material development

The Alliance has emerged as a leader in Ohio in producing culturally and linguistically appropriate resource materials on domestic violence. We have developed safety plan brochures in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. We have also created Healthy Relationship Brochures in Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, and Urdu. By early 2012, a revised and updated addition of the Cultural Resource Guidebook to aid service providers in assisting international victims of domestic violence will be available for distribution. AIW multilingual Safety Plans and Healthy Relationship brochures are available for distribution. 

technical assistance

Service providers look to the Alliance for expertise in the area of violence against immigrant women.  We guide programs as they aim to make their services more accessible to immigrant victims, and we frequently assist with individual cases as well.


The Alliance advocates for immigrant victims through participation on local, regional and state coalitions with the aim of creating and implementing policies that address the unique needs of battered immigrants.

outreach and referrals

The Alliance provides outreach to immigrant communities to increase awareness about domestic violence and community resources.  We also draw on a strong membership network to provide culturally appropriate  referrals for immigrant victims of abuse.

For more information about AIW events, activities, or educational materials available for public distribution, please contact Theresa Singleton at 513-361-2134, or by clicking here to send an email.

AIW Spanish Language Public Awareness Campaign 

The AIW has developed a comprehensive, culturally relevant, multi-media Spanish language public awareness campaign (PAC) to raise awareness about rights & services available to Hispanic DV victims. Click here to see campaign materials and to read more in Spanish.

La AIW ha lanzado la implementación de una campaña de conciencia pública (PAC) de multimedia para aumentar la conciencia sobre los derechos y medios de protección disponibles para víctimas de la violencia doméstica hispanas. Haz click para ver los materiales de la PAC y para leer más sobre la campana en español. 


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 Trafficking information for students -http://www.ccatcoalition.org

 US State Department trafficking website with links to annual trafficking country reports - http://usinfo.state.gov/gi/global_issues/human_trafficking.html

Alliance Publications:

"Trouble in a New Land: Violencia Domestica against Latinas in Cincinnati," by Amelia Berry, Alliance Coordinator.

"Forgotten Victims: Immigrant Children and Domestic Violence," by Amelia Berry, Alliance Coordinator

The Alliance in the News:

Alliance reacts to Butler County policies that endanger immigrant victims of domestic violence.

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