Information for Immigrants
It is especially difficult for undocumented individuals who experience domestic abuse. Most of these individuals cannot work for minimum wage, are fearful of deportation by social service and law enforcement agencies, and are isolated in the country. Legal status is not an issue there is help for all who are abused.
VAWA is the acronym for the Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress. This act provides undocumented victims with temporary citizenship and potentially aids in the process of becoming a permanent resident. Threats of deportation are a frequent tactic used by abusers but through VAWA victims can get the help they need to stop the abuse without the fear of deportation.
For more information please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the Texas Council on Family Council website.
Help and Resources
Center Against Family Violence
Texas Council on Family Violence
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)