Survivors of Domestic Violence

One-on-one tutoring and cultural
mentoring to limited English 
proficiency survivors of 
domestic violence
   Like all women, immigrant women 
are at high risk for domestic violence, 
perhaps even higher.  
   However, due to their immigration status, 
they may face a more difficult time 
escaping abuse. 
   Immigrant women often feel trapped 
in abusive relationships because of 
immigration laws, language barriers, 
cultural influences, social isolation, 
and lack of financial resources.

Furthermore, abusers of immigrant 
victims often have additional power
over their victims by:
  • preventing the victim from learning
    English or communicating with friends, 
    family or others from their home countries,
  • threatening deportation or withdrawal 
    of petitions for legal status,
  • destroying legal documents or papers 
    needed in this country such as passports, 
    resident cards, health insurance or 
    driver’s licenses,
  • withdrawing or not filing papers for 
    residency,
  • lying by threatening that the victim 
    will lose their citizenship or 
    residency if they report the violence,
  • getting the victim fired from their job 
    or calling employers and falsely 
    reporting that the victim is undocumented, 
    and
  • threatening to hurt children or take 
    them away if the police are contacted.
   TEACH is collaborating with 
Pillars’ Constance Morris House to 
provide one-on-one tutoring and cultural 
mentoring to limited English speaking 
survivors of domestic violence trying 
to transition into independence. 
   TEACH’s tutoring will be focused on 
gaining language skills to empower 
these women to obtain gainful employment, 
advocate for themselves and their 
families, and become self-reliant.  
   No other such collaborations are known 
to exist.