There has obviously been a lot of talk around the country about Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070. One issue with it that is just now entering the conversation is with regards to immigrant women who are dealing with domestic violence. Montini wrote an excellent article that appears in today's Arizona Republic on this topic. He brings attention to the fact that immigrant women are likely to avoid seeking help or reporting the abuse they're experiencing because of fears that they will be deported.
The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence is among organizations that are joining together to support a lawsuit against SB 1070.
Sadly, immigrant women who are experiencing abuse and are too scared to report it are giving their abusers even more power than they already have over them. It's really tragic. And I imagine that most are unaware that they can apply for a special visa that protects victims of domestic violence.
I just thought I'd help spread awareness to this issue because once SB 1070 goes into effect, unreported incidences of domestic violence will only increase among this population.