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July 21, 2009 | Report

Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices and Recommendations


Michael Runner, Mieko Yoshihama PhD

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This document describes intimate partner violence (IPV) in immigrant and refugee communities in the United States. IPV is a widespread, costly, and complex social problem nationwide, with serious health and safety implications. When IPV occurs in immigrant and refugee communities, additional challenges and complexities make it especially difficult to address. This paper examines the issue from a variety of standpoints, including the legal rights and practical challenges facing immigrant and refugee victims of violence, the ways systems are responding, and the promising practices that offer hope for these women, many of whom would
otherwise remain in grave and persistent peril.