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.