What is Domestic Violence and Where Immigrant Women Can Seek Help

 

Did you know October is the Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

Yes, it is!

As I’m an avid fighter for women’s rights and can’t stand anymore the ways we are treated in this sexist society, I had to write about it!

My goal here is to bring awareness to this situation and also to provide helpful information so you can seek help if you ever need to!

Domestic violence is defined by the Department of Justice of United States as

 

“a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person”.

 

So, did you understand that violence is not just your partner hitting, throwing things on you, or leaving bruises on your body?

Violence can be expressed in many ways.

 

Here are some examples…

 

If your partner insists on having sex with you, even when you refused. That’s violence.

If your partner says repeatedly that you are no one, that you don’t have an opinion, that you must be quiet, that you can’t go out with the clothes you chose to wear. That’s violence.

If your partner controls your economic life, to the point that you have to ask him for everything and he feels the right to allow you or not to use yours or the family’s money to support your basic needs. That’s violence.

If your partner never supports you, always makes you feel bad about yourself, and makes sure to highlight how awful you are. That’s violence.

When you feel you have no voice, that you are always mistreated, controlled and feel afraid of your partner. That’s violence.

Please, seek help!

 

Did you know that immigrant women are 2 times more vulnerable to domestic violence than the general women’s population?

Cultural differences play a big role here, as in many cases the original cultural environment of these women accept domestic violence. In addition, many immigrant women think that they are not as legally protected as U.S citizens, which is not true.

Often partners use the immigration status of the victim as a tool of control because it’s much more common immigrant women be more dependent on their partners.

Exist many barriers on a life of immigrant women such as limited resources and language, which can prevent access to the support systems available.

 

Listen to me, if you are suffering domestic violence, or you know someone who is, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

 

There are many agencies who can help you find out how to get out of this situation, even if you are an immigrant.

It doesn’t matter if you are legal or not, you deserve help and there are places who can provide it for you!

Here is a list of hotlines and websites where you can find information and support:

Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center
For Latinas and Immigrant Women who are suffering domestic violence.It’s a center that has the goal to promote lives free of violence and abuse, they have helped thousands of women and child over 40 years.
216-229-2420/ vrivera@dvcac.org

Violence Against Women Office, US Department of Justice
The Department of Justice of US has a hotline and useful information about what is domestic violence and how to get help
Hotline (national domestic violence) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Tahirih Justice Center
This center protects immigrants and girls who are seeking justice in the US from gender-based violence

There is also a group created by me on Facebook with the goal to Empower Immigrant Women (we do not just address domestic violence there, but we also talk about career, family, health, and it will be a pleasure to have you there)

If you are not in a domestic violence environment but needs emotional support, I provide Coaching programs where you can find yourself and start to feel empowered again. Schedule a Free Call with me – (click on Book Now)

Seek for help and support, and remember again YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Share this post with other immigrant women you know, let’s bring awareness about this situation!

Much love!

Nathi