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Jeanette Zanipatin, Stacy Shaw Welch, Jean Yi & Patty Bardina

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Chapter 25: Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

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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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