Domestic violence: it happens to women, it happens to men. 

It can happen to ANY kind of person regardless of sex, culture, religion, education, social classes, etc. It is also known as domestic abuse or spousal abuse and many people do not ever think about abused men as victims, that it happens to teens or the fact that it happens in same-sex relationships.

Domestic violence has many forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation, and threats of violence. Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are absolutely forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence. An important componet of domestic violence, often ignored is the realm of passive abuse, leading to violence. Passive abuse is covert, subtle and veiled. This includes victimization, procrastination, forgetfulness, ambiguity, neglect, spiritual and intellectual abuse. 

Domestic violence is a complex problem in any community. However, the effects of intimate partner violence on immigrant victims can be magnified due to fear of seeking assistance and cultural differences. These influences can create barriers for immigrant victims of domestic violence who, because of their immigration status, may face a more difficult time escaping abuse. Such barriers may include lack of knowledge of legal protections, language barriers, fear of the police, cultural pressures and social isolation. Among the most powerful ways out of the dilemma of either staying with an abusive husband or leaving him and forfeiting the opportunity to remain in the United States legally are the remedies in the federal Violence Against Women Act (also known as VAWA) along with Battered Spouse Waivers created by earlier legislation.Both carve out exceptions to the requirement that a woman’s husband file papers for her so she may become a permanent lawful resident through family sponsorship without her batterer’s cooperation. Neither of these remedies requires judicial findings, orders of protection, or any contact at all with the state court system. Immigration law allows immigrants to present “any credible evidence” in support of their petitions, and hearsay is acceptable. However, women filing on their own do face formidable evidentiary hurdles—they must show, for example, that they have been “physically battered” or “the subject of extreme cruelty”—so a Family Court case or a criminal conviction, while never necessary, may be helpful.



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