New Outlook Center is an advocate for the rights of all women especially women in minority groups.
Studies indicate: "Abusers often use their partners' immigration status as a tool/leverage to control their victim." In such situation, it is common for a batterer to exert control over his partner's immigration status in order to force her to remain in the abusive relationship.
Immigrant women are more subject to being battered than a U.S. citizen woman because they may come from cultures that may accept domestic violence or because they have less access to legal and social services than a U.S. citizen. Additionally, immigrant batterers and victims may believe that the penalties and protections of the U.S. legal system do not apply to them.
Battered immigrant women who attempt to flee may not have access to bilingual shelters, financial assistance, or food. It is also unlikely that they will have the assistance of a certified interpreter in court, when reporting complaints to the police or a 911 operator, or even in acquiring information about their rights and the legal system.