August 1, 2019
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Tags: Domestic Violence, Immigration
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
Immigrant victims of domestic violence face a dilemma that others do not. They are often reluctant to report abuse because they don’t want to be deported — a vulnerability that their abusers are aware of and use to exert control over the relationship. The victims also may not understand the English language, may not understand what behaviors are considered abusive in our culture, and crucially, may not know the legal rights they have.