Immigration Project Path to Freedom

Research indicates that immigrant women experience higher rates of physical and sexual abuse than non-immigrant women. The effect of domestic violence on immigrant victims is magnified due to fear of seeking assistance and cultural reasons.

Immigrant women face a number of barriers to break free from the abuser. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, barriers to seeking help include:


In response to these barriers, BWLAP launched its Immigrant Battered Women's Initiative in 2002. The overall goal of this initiative is to improve the ability of legal advocates and systems professionals to provide effective, complex advocacy and services to immigrant battered women and children. The objectives include:

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