Te has preguntado:
Cómo está la relación con mi pareja?
- ¿Te avergüenza la manera como te trata, con insultos y humillaciones?
- ¿Te causa miedo la manera en que te mira o su forma de actuar?
- ¿Controla lo que haces, con quien hablas, a quien ves, adonde vas?
- ¿No te permite que hables o visites a amigos o parientes?
- ¿No te permite conseguir o tener un trabajo?
- ¿Te quita tu dinero o seguro social, hace que le pidas dinero o se niega a darte dinero?
- ¿Toma él todas las decisiones?
- ¿Te dice que eres mala madre y te amenaza con quitarte a tus hijos?
- ¿Actúa como si no hubiera abuso, te echa la culpa o niega lo que hizo?
- ¿Destruye tus pertenencias o amenaza con lastimar a tus animales?
- ¿Te intimida con cuchillos, pistolas u otras armas?
- ¿Te trata a empujones, cachetadas, te golpea?
- ¿Te obliga a retirar cargos criminales en su contra?
- ¿Te amenaza con suicidarse si le abandonas?
- ¿Te amenaza con matarte?
La mujer latina se enfrenta con unos obstáculos específicos
La mujer latina maltratada sufre el mismo trauma emocional que cualquier otra mujer en una situación de violencia doméstica. Sin embargo, la mujer latina afronta unas dificultades únicas que pueden complicar su situación y limitar su acceso a los servicios sociales. Si la mujer sólo habla español, la traba de la lengua puede impedir que busque ayuda. Si se trata de una mujer inmigrante que desconoce su estatus de inmigración o sus derechos legales, es posible que no quiera llamar a las autoridades para que la protejan. Es habitual que el maltratador amenace a su compañera con deportarla para mantener control sobre ella. Quizás ella se sienta aislada, dependiente de su compañero a nivel económico, y tal vez desconozca los servicios disponibles en la comunidad.
Servicios culturalmente sensibles
Projecto Latina ofrece servicios que son respetuosos con las realidades de la cultura y vida latinas, incluyendo la diversidad cultural y los valores concretos (importancia de la unidad familiar, las creencias religiosas, la privacidad de la familia, la confidencialidad...). El propósito de este programa del DVC es ofrecer servicios que ayuden a las mujeres latinas víctimas de violencia doméstica y a sus hijos/as a encontrar alternativas seguras y estabilidad:
- Asistencia en el sistema judicial, tanto en procedimientos criminales como civiles
- Apoyo personal y acompañamiento a la policía y hospitals
- Grupo de apoyo para mujeres en español
- Servicios de consejería o terapia
- Línea de ayuda telefónica y servicios de refugio
Educación en la comunidad
Projecto Latina proporciona servicios educativos en la comunidad así como trabajos de sensibilización pública sobre temas relacionados con la violencia doméstica, a través de colaboraciones con organizaciones hispanas, presentaciones en escuelas, iglesias, diferentes asociaciones, y otras iniciativas.
La violencia doméstica se presenta de muchas formas:
- Abuso verbal y emocional
- Abuso físico
- Abuso económico
- Abuso sexual
Todos nuestros servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales
Grupo de apoyo en español
- Reuniones semanales y en Español
- Gratis y confidencial
- Un lugar seguro donde compartir experiencias, aprender sobre la violencia doméstica y examinar opciones
- Para más información, por favor contacten
Si contestaste SI a tan sólo una pregunta, puedes estar en una relación abusiva. Llama gratis a nuestras líneas de ayuda confidencial:
Línea de ayuda las 24 horas: 216-391-4357
Vanessa Rivera y Alicia Carrizo (español): 216-229-2420
INFORMACION EN ENGLISH
Battered Latina survivors suffer the same emotional trauma than any other woman in a domestic violence situation. However, Latina survivors face some unique challenges that can complicate the situation and limit their access to social services. If they only speaks Spanish, that can be a barrier to seeking help. If immigration status or legal rights are unknown, they may not want to call the authorities. Typically, the abuser threatens to deport their partner to maintain control over them. Perhaps they feel isolated, dependent on their partner financially, and perhaps not aware of the services available in the community.
Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center offers culturally-sensitive services that take into consideration the realities of Latino life, including cultural diversity and specific values (importance of family unity, religious beliefs, family privacy and confidentiality). The purpose of the Latina Project is to offer services to facilitate safe options and stability for Latina victims of domestic violence and their children.
All services are bilingual, free and confidential:
- Justice System Advocacy for victims involved in criminal or civil proceedings (assistance obtaining protection orders, escorts to court, information about court process and victims' rights, etc.)
- Personal advocacy and escorts to police departments and hospitals
- Emotional support, information, assistance developing a safety plan, information about legal resources, referrals, etc.
- Information about legal remedies for battered immigrants and referrals
- 24/7 HelpLine (interpreting services available)
- Shelter for women and their children (Spanish-speaking staff and volunteers available).
- Spanish Support Group: weekly meetings in Espanol that offer a safe place to share experiences, learn about domestic violence and consider options.
The Latina Project also provides educational services in the community and public awareness work on issues related to domestic violence through partnerships with Hispanic organizations, presentations at schools, churches, various associations and other initiatives.
Legal Remedies for Battered Immigrants
If you are an immigrant who is being abused by an intimate partner it is crucial that you speak with an immigration attorney or an advocate experienced in immigration issues about your rights, especially before going to an immigration hearing or interview. Call our 24-hour Helpline at 216-391-HELP (4357).
Many immigrant women do not know there are legal remedies that could help them resolve their immigration status. If you are an immigrant married to an abusive US citizen or permanent resident you may be able to qualify for a VAWA Self-petition. VAWA enables battered spouses and their children to obtain lawful immigration status without the abuser's knowledge or permission since it is a confidential petition.
If you are an unmarried abused woman or you are married to an undocumented person, there are also options for you. The U Visa was created to assist immigrant crime victims. This legal remedy is for noncitizens who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse resulting from a wide range of criminal activity (domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping and other crimes). The victims must collaborate with the investigation or prosecution of the crime. The U Visa provides eligible immigrants with authorized stay in the United States and employment authorization.
The T Visa is specifically for immigrants trafficked into the United States for commercial sex or labor. The perpetrator's status and relationship to the victim are irrelevant in the U Visa and T Visa, however both visas require cooperation with the criminal system.
VOCE NAO ESTA SOZINHO, NO ESTAS SOLA, SIE SIND NICHT ALLEIN, VOUS N'ETES PAS SEUL.
Domestic violence crosses all racial, class, economic, and cultural lines. You probably share many of the same feelings, experiences, and frustrations as anyone who is trying to cope with abuse. As an immigrant you may also be dealing with some additional challenges, unique to your situation. You may be trying to adjust to being in a new country and learning about a new community. You may be feeling the loss of the family, friends and way of life you left behind. Please remember that you are not alone.
We have found that many Latina and immigrant women experiencing abuse at home may be misinformed about their legal rights and available resources. It can be difficult to know what your rights are - and what remedies are available. If English is not a language you are comfortable with it can be difficult to even find someone you are able to communicate with in order to seek help.
As an immigrant who is dealing with domestic violence you may be juggling many challenges: adjusting to life in a new country and culture, homesickness, health issues, housing and employment issues, legal immigration status, concerns about children who are struggling themselves to adjust; sometimes it may feel like there is so much to deal with you don't know where to start.
- You try to find help through the courts, the police or social service agencies but you can't find anyone who speaks your language well enough to really help.
- Anyone you would usually turn to - family, friends are all back in your home country.
- People you meet here do things so differently - or don't seem to understand your situation or perspective.
- Your abuser keeps you from doing things that might make adjusting easier. For example they won't let you make friends, join activities, or take classes.
- You feel confused about your legal rights.
- Your abuser has told you that you have no rights, that they will have you deported or that they will take your children.
- You feel that people look down on you, treat you badly or don't take you seriously because you are an immigrant.
- You are having a difficult time coping with memories of war, violence or trauma that you experienced in your home country or on your way to the United States.
- You are worried that you will lose the support of your community if you leave the abusive relationship.
You are not alone. We are here to help. In this section you can find information and resources that specifically address many of the issues you may be facing.
Maybe you are not sure if you are being abused. Sometimes it can feel hard to figure out if what is going on in your relationship is abusive or not. The questions below can help with figuring out whether what is happening to you is abuse. They list many of the things that other immigrant women who were being abused have told us happened to them. Remember - no one deserves to be abused.
- Does your partner control your activities and friendships?
- Does your partner call you stupid, worthless, or accuses you of being a "mail order bride", a prostitute, or marrying them just to get a green card?
- Does your partner call you racist names or make demeaning comments about your country, your family, your values, or your traditions?
- Does your partner prevent you from leaving the house or taking English classes?
- Does your partner belittle your efforts to speak English and tell you that you will never be able to speak the language?
- Does your partner force you to work without papers and later threaten to report you to immigration?
- Does your partner force you to sign documents in English you cannot read?
- Does your partner make you feel inferior because they are a citizen and you are not?
- Does your partner threaten you they will obtain custody of the children if you leave them because the courts would not give custody to an immigrant?
- Does your partner prevent you from speaking on the phone with your family?
- Does your partner threaten they will hurt you or your family if you ever leave them?
- Does your partner call your family and say lies about you?
- Does your partner take and hide your important documents such as you passport or green card?
- Does your partner say they own you because they brought you from another country?
- Does your partner take all your money and possessions and make you feel you are still in debt because they brought you to the United States?
- Does your partner tell you "you have no rights because you are just an immigrant"?
- Does your partner tell you they can call the police or immigration authorities and have you deported anytime?
- Or does your partner tell you that if you call the police after an assault they will be deported? Are you afraid that if they are deported both your families will shame you? Are they the person responsible for sending funds to support your families in your country? Do you feel you have to sacrifice for your family's sake?
- Does your partner push you, hit you, beat you, strangle you, lock you in or outside the house, or force distasteful sexual acts on you? Are you afraid of your partner?
- Do you find that not making them angry has become a major part in your life?
- Do you feel there is no way out?
- Do you feel you are going crazy?
- Do you feel alone and hopeless?
If you answered yes to just one question, you may be in an abusive relationship. Call our free, 24-hour Helpline: 216-391-HELP (4357)
You can help stop domestic violence and child abuse.