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Are immigrants protected from domestic violence?

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2017 | family immigration

People immigrate to the U.S. for an array of reasons, whether they are offered a job opportunity or plan on marrying a U.S. citizen. If you have moved to the U.S. for marriage, it is pivotal to understand your rights and handle any challenges that arise correctly. For example, you should know what to do if you or your children are ever subjected to domestic violence.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, immigrants are given protections under criminal and civil law against domestic violence. In fact, these protections are ensured without regard to immigration status. Those who have been through domestic violence can pursue protection orders for their themselves and their children. In some cases, they may be entitled to marital property, in the event of a divorce. Furthermore, immigrants who have endured intimate partner violence can file for divorce without informing their spouses. Child support and child custody can also be sought after by immigrants in this position.

For immigrants who experience intimate partner violence, moving forward can be incredibly tricky. People in this position often have a great deal of uncertainty and stress due to immigration matters and may be completely unsure of what to do in the event that they are abused. However, there are protections for domestic violence victims whether they are a citizen or not. Dealing with these types of issues can be very difficult, especially for those who are unsure of their rights. However, domestic violence and other abuses that affect immigrants must be addressed. Please remember, this post is not legal advice.