Model - Basic Services

basic servicesBasic Services

Accessing basic services is typically a greater challenge for battered immigrants than for non-immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Perhaps the greatest challenge is waiting for a work permit to enable them to support their families. Immigrants also face discrimination from service providers who are unaware of their rights as victims or do not know where to refer them.

The role of basic services in the model is:

  • Public awareness 
  • Education and training programs for victims and children 
  • Establishing safety and confidentiality for victims 
  • Referring of victims to legal services and victim services 
  • Providing medical and counseling services and referrals 
  • Providing for basic needs (housing, food, clothing)  
  • Assisting with job services once work authorization comes through 
  • Gathering documentation for VAWA self-petitions and other immigration relief

Basic service providers may be the first link that an immigrant victim has with the VAWA process

  • ”My child was in Head Start where they gave talks to all the mothers. I didn’t know that all these programs existed.” 
  •  “I went to the hospital when I was pregnant and a social worker came to talk with me and see if I wanted to be in a program that helped you be a better parent. They came to visit me and realized my situation. She told me about VAWA.”

Resources: Serving Immigrant Victims

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