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Aguadilla first lady announces family intervention efforts

By John McPhaul

The first lady of Aguadilla, Dr. Grissel Villanueva, announced on Monday the launch of support and intervention services for victims and survivors of intrafamily violence caused by disagreements over COVID-19 vaccination.

This project aims to promote the integral well being of families in the Municipality of Aguadilla and neighboring towns, strengthening paternal and maternal ties, social ties, healthy relationships, access to basic services and socioeconomic development for families.

“As part of the work that we are developing in the municipal administration, we have managed to establish a variety of direct services to our people, focusing on the safety and well being of all families,” Villanueva said in a press release. “For this reason, a few months ago a collaborative agreement was signed with the Office of the Women’s Advocate that has made it possible to provide assistance to survivors of gender violence, sexual assault and stalking. Aware of how important this Office is, we are reinforcing the services it offers by hiring Natalia Luciano Cabán, Social Worker, to support the efforts and help people who come to receive service.”

Villanueva noted that Luciano Cabán is currently studying for her master’s degree in social work with a clinical specialty at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico campus in Arecibo. She has done her practice at the Assistance Center for Rape Victims in Arecibo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla campus.

Luciano Cabán will be providing support to the community and survivors of domestic violence. Her priority focus will be to offer psychosocial counseling, crisis intervention, referrals, service coordination and emergency accompaniment to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and human trafficking.

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