MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM
The University of Washington’s study, A Closer Look, cites that 44% of women in WA experience some abuse and that immigrant women are more likely to die as a result of domestic violence. The traditional way women are treated in Eastern European countries, coupled with the necessity to start over creates additional stress for women and anxiety in immigrant families that often leads to abuse and violence.
One of the consequences of moving to a democratic society is that women begin to understand equality and that domestic violence is not acceptable. We designed this program to serve low-income and underserved Eastern European victims of domestic violence who want a safe life for themselves and their families .
We also work with “mail-order brides;” women who come to our agency for help due to acculturation and often domestic violence problems. Due to the lack of a support system, knowledge of their rights, resources, and language they become vulnerable to any abuse and fully dependent on their new husbands in the new country.
IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION PROJECT
Arriving in the U.S. brings opportunities and often challenges. All refugees and immigrants are greatly impacted by unemployment and the challenges of transitioning to a new life, however our clients face unique challenges. Typically our clients have limited English proficiency (57% of non-citizen refugees), little work experience in the US, and if employed they work in sectors that see heavy job losses during economic downturns. In addition a vast majority of the immigrants we serve are refugees; many of which are from countries in Eastern Europe where they were victims of ethnic cleansing and experienced discrimination and repressions.
Depending upon their gender and age, members of one family might have different rates of adjustment. Increased anxiety about meeting their daily needs leads to stress and depression. The anxiety and depression that emerges from adjustment challenges creates multiple issues such as the abuse of alcohol, drugs, and problem-gambling and family relationship problems.
We created the Immigrant Integration Project to provide mental health treatment to low-income, uninsured, and underserved people from Eastern Europe and from the new countries that were formed after the Soviet Union disintegration. We provide recovery-oriented treatment planning, mental health counseling (individual, family and group), problem gambling treatment, effective communication skills development training, support groups, case management, and referrals. We offer in home services to elderly and disabled clients.