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Domestic Violence

Are you a victim of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is more common than many people realize and it occurs in many cultures, societies, religions and it is an issue that cuts across class and socioeconomic status. So, what is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is violence that happens at home between people who know each other: husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends (whether or not they live together), same sex partners, relatives, and parents and their children. Domestic violence is a way of acting in an intimate or family relationship in which one partner is forced to change his or her behavior in response to threats or abuse from the other partner. A lot of times the violence is physical, but it can also be threats, isolation, intimidation, harassment, emotional mistreatment, forced sex or making threats with regard to having you or your children deported.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence at home you are not alone. Even though most domestic violence is usually hidden, it is very common and it probably effects people that you know.

Domestic violence will often get worse with time. It does not go away on its own. It is important to remember that violence is not your fault; your abuser chooses to use domestic violence to control you. Domestic violence is a crime in the United States. No matter what your abusive partner tells you he can and cannot do to you, if he is hurting you or your children there are things you can do and people, who will help you stop the cycle of violence. Every person can get help to stop domestic violence even if they do not have permission from the bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS).
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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, here are some useful resources and numbers that you can call for help and support.

If you feel that your life is in danger - please call 9-1-1.

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-500-1119
Information referral for victims of domestic violence. Or visit www.fcadv.org for more information.

Miami-Dade Advocates for Victims- Hotline: 305-758-2546 or 305-247-4249 (Homestead)
Serving Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Homestead, and Opa-Locka.

Women in Distress of Broward County- Hotline: 954-761-1133
Serving Broward County and the cities of Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale, Hollywood, andamp; Pompano.

Miami-Dade County Victim and Assistance Program: 305-758-2819, emergency 305-758-2546.
Provided Services include resource and service referrals, local transportation, food, clothing, emergency accommodations, and most importantly financial assistance through a direct relief fund. Financial assistance is most commonly provided for purpose of rent, utilities, medication, replacement of passports, visas, identification, Greyhound bus tickets, and many other miscellaneous expenses. Call for more information on how to obtain services.

Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center ( FIAC) 305-573-1106
Call (FIAC) for legal assistance with immigration issues and issues related to immigration and violence, or visit their website www.fiacfla.org for more information.

There is help -- you are not alone.

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