Domestic Violence

Empowering victims to adjust immigration status is an important goal towards making domestic violence victims independent of their abusers.  Adjusting immigration status also enables victims to obtain employment authorization and access to social benefits such as health care for children.  Advocates and survivors should know that there are protective laws and policies that can help empower survivors when seeking services and support.  Language barriers are an important obstacle for immigrant victims to report their abusers.  Join America will encourage and to register domestic violence victims into English classes and to upgrade their language skills.  This is important for employment and everyday interaction with the American population, but it is also a requirement in the final stage to receive citizenship.  Access to information is a civil right for all people.  Immigrants in particular need to learn the benefits available to them in order to apply for them.