Dating and domestic violence occur in immigrant communities at similar rates as non-immigrant communities. However, immigrant communities are often at greater risks — due to language barriers, social isolation, lack of information, lack of financial resources, cultural beliefs, not knowing our rights and sometimes the fear of deportation. Abuse often goes unreported, and victims do not receive the services they need. Sometimes immigration status gets in the way of looking for help and support, because sometimes we just don’t know what’s going to happen when we look.
Because of the complex barriers and challenges that immigrant teens and 20-somethings face, it often makes reporting dating abuse that much more difficult. However it’s very important to make sure that you’re able to take steps to keep safe. Below are some tips to help:
- Know Your Rights: Everyone –- citizen or immigrant, documented or undocumented –- enjoys basic human rights such as the right to be safe and protected by the law.
- Seek Support From People You Trust: Always reach out to those you know and trust first. Just use your best judgment.
- Become Informed: Often, we just don’t know where to get help and support. Start by learning the facts about dating abuse by exploring this website.
Get more details about what to do if you or someone you care about it is undocumented and experiencing abuse.