Domestic Violence in Immigrant &
Like all women, immigrant women are at high risk for domestic violence, but due to their immigration status, they may face a more difficult time escaping abuse. Victims often feel confused, isolated, lost, guilty, and overwhelmed when confronted with violence in a foreign country. They may be perceived as uncooperative, manipulative, indecisive lazy, unreliable, overly dependent, and angry.
When dealing with a victim or survivor in the immigrant or faith-based community, it is important to remember that everyone is the product of the culture in which they were raised and the values and nuances in which they live by. When seeking to help these victims, their cultural nuances should always be taken into consideration. The culture that one grows up in affects everything they do, including their:
The foreign-born population in the U.S. now totals more than 38 million. They are also more diverse in their countries of origin
Children (under 18) with at least one immigrant parent make up 24.8% in the U.S. Of the foreign-born residing here, over 85% have legal documentation
Views on Domestic Violence
In many cultures….
Although shelters are designed to assist victims, shelter environments in the U.S. often pose other sets of challenges for immigrant victims, including the:
Barriers in Escaping Abuse
Victims and survivors in immigrant communities often have to undergo numerous barriers to escape abuse, including:
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