Hmong 18 Council, Inc. (H18C) in Minnesota condemns domestic violence in all forms.
Domestic violence, whether exposed publicly for all to see or concealed behind closed doors, is destructive and leave behind wounds that thwarts the social, emotional, psychological, and cognitive progression of our community and its members. For H18C, whose calling is to unite the voice of the community by sharing and planning for its prosperity, we are adamant in our position and values that there can be no place in our community for domestic violence. We are mindful of the structural and cultural inequities within our community. In efforts to bring attention to these and other gender inequities, we established a Gender Equity Taskforce last year to begin the hard work of trying to find ways to address them.
Everyone should have a right to a safe space and home. We call on all community members to be more responsible in their actions, to help stop the violence, and to dialogue with us on how equity might look like in our community- intertwining Hmong traditional values and practices while also providing opportunities for all community members to contribute and prosper.
Likewise, in bringing unity and prosperity to our community, the H18C encourages all community members to be mindful on specific incidents of alleged domestic violence. We encourage everyone to always be respectful and kind to one another.
The Hmong 18 Council was established in 1997 after a distraught Hmong mother took the lives of her six children. Hmong community leaders representing 18 clans came together to assure that the Hmong population would have the knowledge of and access to medical, social service and judicial resources in order to avert another tragedy. The Council focuses on
prevention and attempts to resolve conflicts through mediation to avert a crisis.
We invite you to join us. To learn more about our community-changing strategies and goals, check out our website: www.Hmong18Council.org