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NCJ Number: 157915 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Asserting the Rights of Battered Women
Corporate Author: National Lawyers Guild
United States of America

Family Violence Prevention Fund
United States of America

Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services
United States of America
Editor(s): D Jang; D Lee; T Madrigal; R Morello-Frosch; G Pendleton
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 298
Sponsoring Agency: Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services
San Francisco, CA 94103
Family Violence Prevention Fund
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
National Lawyers Guild
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Sale Source: Family Violence Prevention Fund
383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States of America
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Women and children constitute a significant number of documented and undocumented immigrants and refugees who enter the United States, and increasing evidence indicates that many immigrant women live in violent homes.
Abstract: With the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, many immigrant women have fewer legal and social resources to draw on in their struggle to provide for themselves and their families. These women may not realize that domestic violence is against the law, that they have legal options to stop the battering, and that agency and community resources are available to support them. Attorneys, legal advocates, and immigrant and refugee assistance agencies play a critical role in identifying domestic violence and in providing immigrant battered women with essential information about help available to them in their communities. The special needs and concerns of immigrant women and their families are discussed to assist professionals and individuals who come into contact with battered immigrant women. Specific problems and concerns faced by battered immigrant women are examined, including the nature and dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on women and children, accessibility to services and resources, the evolution of U.S. immigration policy, civil and criminal remedies for domestic violence, public benefits for immigrants and refugees, and community action outside the court system. Additional information on domestic violence and immigration issues and resources is contained in 15 appendixes. Footnotes and photographs
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Child victims; Domestic assault; Federal regulations; Female victims; Immigrants/Aliens
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