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Latina Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer (L.U.N.A.) provides support, advocacy, and empowerment for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. 

What We Do

Understanding that victims need more than counseling services to survive abuse, the program was developed from a holistic perspective, encompassing the physical, emotional, and economic survival and empowerment. Services are offered to all survivors who seek our assistance.

One-on-One Educational Counseling

Court/Legal/Personal Advocacy

Safety Plan

Community Referrals

Support Groups

24-hour Crisis Line (in Spanish and English)

Additional Empowerment Classes

such as: financial, education, parenting, nutrition, and more.

Additional Resources

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is when one person exercises power and control over another person whether or not they are a couple. It is a pattern of behavior in which physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, emotional, sexual or economic abuse to control or change the behavior of the other person in an intimate relationship.

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What is Sexual Assault?

The United States Department of Justice defines sexual assault as "any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Some forms of sexual assault include:

  • Attempted rape

  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching

  • Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body

  • Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape

What is Human Trafficking?

Involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims  and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. 

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What are other types of abuse?

Spiritual abuse

Financial abuse

Emotional abuse 

Physical abuse 

Sexual abuse 

Immigration abuse 

Reproductive abuse 

Immigrant Resources

Our services are also for undocumented and immigrant people who are survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse in the United States. For more specific information please do not hesitate to contact us. L.U.N.A. does not provide legal assistance, please reference the list of lawyers in Iowa below.

We are here to support you!

Contact Info.

Des Moines, IA

Marshalltown, IA 

Office Number: 515-271-5060

Monday - Friday; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


24 hour L.U.N.A. Crisis Line: 1-866-256-7668

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