Every year we try to raise awareness of Domestic Violence and the immigration options available to DV survivors. In prior posts, we have discussed potential options such as VAWA, U visas, and T visas which help survivors attain legal immigration status. We have also discussed the unique impact of Domestic Violence on immigrants and undocumented individuals. Today, we would like to briefly explore another challenging topic of Male Domestic Violence Victims.
Domestic Violence is more commonly associated with women and children, but men can be victims as well. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) (Source: NCADV Stats). 1 in 4 men have been physically abused (slapped, pushed, shoved) by an intimate partner. More interestingly, 4 in 10 men have experienced at least one form of coercive control (isolation from friends and family, manipulation, blackmail, deprivation of liberty, threats, economic control, and exploitation) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Unfortunately, male DV victims are less likely to come forward out of fear and shame. This can have devastating consequences in the immigration context where one is dependent on their abuser because of their immigration status. Fortunately, both male and female victims are eligible for immigration options afforded to domestic violence victims. The issue then becomes awareness and courage to escape their current situation for a better life.
I would like to dedicate this post to our male clients that were brave enough to seek help and have obtained legal immigration status and a new life. If you or someone you know is in need of Domestic Violence assistance, click here or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for more information. Don’t suffer in silence please contact us for a consultation to discuss your immigration options!