La Vida has tools to deal with domestic violence

Community Health and Social Services developed the La Vida program these past three years, to educate women and children on how to deal with domestic violence. Through workshops, trained instructors work with children to assure them that domestic violence is not their fault.

Bilingual print materials teach children to find safe places and to tell an adult if adults in the home become violent. Place mats with an overall theme of what hands should be used for, have been produced for general distribution.

The La Vida project has seen a 50 percent increase in the numbers of families that are seeking services to help with domestic violence problems. Schools and other organizations interested in hosting workshops for children and mothers are encouraged to contact Dolores Gonzalez-Ramirez at 313-849-3920.