Domestic violence is abuse within the household or family. Some Illinois immigrants find themselves in a difficult situation with spouses, children or parents who commit domestic violence, but their status can make them afraid to report it. The family member who is a citizen or permanent resident may threaten to send the rest of their family back to their former country if they speak up about abuse.
However, immigrants do not have to stay stuck within the control of this family member. The Violence Against Women Act provides an alternative to seeking residency in the U.S. if you are a victim of domestic abuse. Furthermore, the act does not only protect women, but it protects men and children as well. If you qualify, you may receive deportation protection through an immigrant visa petition.