hmong victim services support & technical assistance
We provide support and TA to advocates and organization working with Hmong victims and survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and other victims of crimes in the areas of intake process, safety planning, general advocacy, peer mentoring through sisterhood building and language access for advocates and organizations.
New advocates often struggle with on-boarding into their new role as advocates, many do not know how to effectively navigate the different systems already in place to assist victims of crimes and or lack support from their organization due to varies reasons. Some organizations simply do not have the time to provide the needed support and some lack the cultural competency and culture know-how, especially for Hmong advocates in mainstream programs. Current advocates need a source outside of their organization to provide support and technical assistance.
Sisterhood building is critical to the retention of new and current advocates in victim service work. Burn out and lack of support are primary reasons why advocates leave victim service work. Sisterhood building builds a network of support of new and current advocates. Through our work with advocate, we know that current long-term Hmong advocates contributed their retention to the support and sisterhood they built over the years. New advocates who leave the work within 6 months- to 1 year are typically advocates that are not connected to other advocates. Through our support and TA service, we developed a formal system for which new and or current advocates can receive peer mentorship from each other.