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Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law is the only book to provide summaries and analyses of culturally competent psychological and social services encountered within the U.S. legal arena. The book is broad in scope and covers the knowledge and practice crucial in providing comprehensive services to ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities. Topics include the importance of race relations, psychological testing and evaluation, racial “profiling,” disparities in death penalty conviction, immigration and domestic violence, asylum seekers, deportations and civil rights, juvenile justice, cross-cultural lawyering, and cultural competency in the administration of justice.

Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence
Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence
JeanetteZanipatinAttorney, Private Practice, Oakland, California
Stacy ShawWelchUniversity of Washington
JeanYiUniversity of Washington
PattyBardinaUniversity of Washington

This chapter will discuss the relationship between immigrants, domestic violence, and immigration law. Battered immigrants often face unique obstacles in escaping domestic violence due to their unlawful or unstable legal status in the United States. The Commission on Domestic Violence (1997) reported that immigrant women in the United States experience higher rates of battering than citizens do because their cultural backgrounds often tolerate domestic violence and because they believe that they cannot be protected by the U.S. legal system. This chapter will describe legal remedies that are available for battered immigrants. We will then turn to the psychological issues related to domestic violence and the ...

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