Domestic Violence & Asylum in The Trump Era

IMG_6145Samantha Inesta

Founder/Executive Director

With all of the chaos still happening at the boarders and children still separated from their parents in detention facilities where most are being abused, being a domestic violence victim is no longer applicable to claim asylum.  This shouldn’t be too surprising. Women in the United States who are victims of domestic violence are not treated much differently. 1 in 3 women are a victim of domestic violence, 1 in 7 women have been stalked by an intimate partner and the presence of a gun in a home where there is domestic violence increases the risk of death by 500%. These are recent statistics put out by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). When a women finds herself  to be a victim she experiences higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies. There are so many factors that come into play that destroy a woman’s life as well as the children she is trying to protect. The vulnerability of a child when they are the witness of a traumatic and violent event can leave a devastating impact and scar them for life. The threat to a woman losing her life to domestic violence in the States is the same as if she was coming from Central America and not receiving the right protections. more...