In May 2011, Vecinos Unidos were educated and trained on how to maintain Relaciones Sanas (Healthy Relationships) in families. The twenty two graduates included residents from Lamont, Arvin, Greeenfield, and Buttonwillow (pictured left).
This "train the trainer" program teaches participants to identify and prevent all forms of domestic violence including verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. A self defense workshop was also included. Once participants graduate, they are charged with the mission of sharing their knowledge with neighbors, family members, and other members of Vecinos Unidos.
The training they received expands the myopic view of domestic violence beyond spousal abuse to include abuses amongst parents and children, siblings, and non-married couples. Through these educational trainings, the DHF is working to end the cycle of abuse and creating healthier and safer environments for families. DHF partners with MALDEF on this project.