Survey Finds Immigrant Survivors Fear Reporting Violence

Survey Finds Immigrant Survivors Fear Reporting Violence

In May 2019, a coalition of national organizations gathered feedback from nearly six hundred advocates and attorneys from across the United States, learning that many immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence are now too afraid to call the police or go to court to get help. The advocates report that survivors have an increased fear of deportation, retaliation by their abusers, and separation from their children.

“This survey shows the grave chilling effect that recent immigration policy changes are having on immigrant survivors of violence,” said Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy for Tahirih Justice Center. “This is the message they are receiving: either stay with your abuser or risk deportation.”

Read the press release for information and additional statements

Findings include:

76.25% of advocates report that immigrant survivors have concerns about contacting police

3 out of 4 advocates report that immigrant survivors have concerns about going to court for a matter related to the abuser/offender

Download key findings report

API-GBV provides additional resources, advisories, and trainings regarding protections for immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Find them here on our website, or visit the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors for more. 

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV)’s mission is to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence. Find more information on KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org.

The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

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