Frequently asked questions about dating violence
The victim does not need to be separated from the abuser while the petition is under consideration.
However, the victim must apply no later than 2 years after divorcing the abusive spouse.
If you decide to leave the abuse, we would also help you in this process.
And, if you have already fled an abusive situation, as a survivor you are also welcome.
Dating Violence is the use of harassing, controlling, and/or abusive behavior to maintain power and control over a partner in a romantic relationship.
The U Non Immigrant Status was created by congress in 2000 to: Increase prosecution of perpetrators of crimes against immigrant victims. Minimize fear of deportation for immigrant victims of crime. Please note that each person’s immigration circumstances are unique.
Our offices are open Monday to Friday from AM to PM and walk-ins are welcome. Our shelter provides emergency housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
However, we highly recommend calling our office first to make sure an advocate is expecting you and can give you adequate time. Our shelter is free of charge, and provides women the opportunity to stay in a safe environment while fleeing an abusive relationship.
Remember that you can also call the English or Spanish crisis lines. Please read more detailed information about our shelter on the Shelter Program page of this website. TPO stands for Temporary Protective Order and is a civil court order that limits the contact that an abusive person can have with the victim. To learn more about obtaining a TPO please read the frequently asked questions on the Legal Program page of this website.
Can I get a TPO if I do not have immigration documents? Obtaining a TPO is a civil action and not related to a person’s immigration status. S citizen and he tells me that I am undocumented and if I seek help he will have me deported. Using immigration status to control a victim is very common; you are not alone.You can make an appointment with one of our BIA Accredited Staff to discuss your options involving immigration relief. If you are a victim of a different crime please contact an immigration lawyer.