Experiences of immigrant women who self-petition under the violence against women act

Maia Ingram, Deborah J Mcclelland, Jessica Martin, Montserrat F. Caballero, Maria Theresa Mayorga, Katie Gillespie

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Abstract

Undocumented immigrant women who are abused and living in the United States are isolated in a foreign country, in constant fear of deportation, and feel at the mercy of their spouse to gain legal status. To ensure that immigration law does not trap women in abusive relationships, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA, 1994) enabled immigrant women to self-petition for legal status. Qualitative research methods were used in this participatory action research to investigate the experiences of Mexican immigrant women filing VAWA self-petitions. Emotional, financial, and logistic barriers in applying are identified, and recommendations for practice research and policy are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)858-880
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Immigrant
  • Legal aid
  • Participatory action research
  • Partner violence
  • VAWA

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  • Gender Studies
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Experiences of immigrant women who self-petition under the violence against women act. / Ingram, Maia; Mcclelland, Deborah J; Martin, Jessica; Caballero, Montserrat F.; Mayorga, Maria Theresa; Gillespie, Katie.

In: Violence Against Women, Vol. 16, No. 8, 2010, p. 858-880.

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Ingram, Maia ; Mcclelland, Deborah J ; Martin, Jessica ; Caballero, Montserrat F. ; Mayorga, Maria Theresa ; Gillespie, Katie. / Experiences of immigrant women who self-petition under the violence against women act. In: Violence Against Women. 2010 ; Vol. 16, No. 8. pp. 858-880.
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