Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center is the first and only agency in the state of Virginia providing culturally specific services for Hispanic/Latino families affected by violence, which can ensure that all of its programs and services are always provided by bilingual and bicultural advocates trained in trauma. Our services include the following:
We are here in times of crisis such as when facing a domestic or sexual violence incident. We are here to help you stabilize your situation and minimize long-term damage.
Our bilingual advocates are available to support the search for available short-term emergency housing for victims of domestic and sexual violence who are in imminent danger.
You are not alone. Support groups provide an opportunity for survivors to gather together to share their stories, give advice, and support one another. Support groups are facilitated by staff and licensed clinicians. Support groups are held throughout the year. Call us to learn more about participating.
Our bilingual advocate are available to help you through court processes which can be confusing and overwhelming. Although we are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice, we can accompany you to court to help orient you through the process.
Counseling & Therapy
Our bilingual and bicultural licensed clinicians are specially trained in domestic and sexual abuse and its dynamics. Like all of our services, therapy services to process trauma for domestic and sexual violence survivors are available in Spanish.
The LIVE Center holds monthly legal clinics for clients who have questions about Family Law or Immigration Law in connection to their domestic or sexual violence situation. Consultations are free. Attorneys offer free advice on a wide range of issues, including custody, divorce, child support, housing, protective orders, immigration, and other matters.
Protective Order Assistance
We are available to help you understand the protective order process. If you would like accompaniment to the Magistrate to petition for one, please call our hotline.
Our Advocates will help you orient and keep track of the resources you need to get the justice and healing you seek. Our bilingual and bicultural advocates are familiar with the legal systems you might be working with and will support you by following up on the next steps in your process.
Our qualified and trained interpreters are available during office hours and
by for your language access needs.
We empower survivors to speak for themselves and have equal access
Whether you stay in a relationship or if you plan on leaving an abusive relationship, your safety is key. Our advocates can help you in creating a personalized plan to keep yourself safe.
We can provide or assistance in finding funding that will keep you safe.
If you choose to receive a forensic exam following your assault, an advocate can accompany you to these appointments to offer support and advocacy while you go through this important process.