May 13, 2019 Feature

Domestic Violence Laws & the INA: How Domestic Violence Perpetrators Attain Immigration Benefits

George T. Emmons III

Introduction

Every twenty-four minutes, someone is the victim of domestic violence.1 Even more shocking is that one in four women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime.2 More than four thousand women each year are killed by their partners.3 Domestic violence also takes a toll on children. Often, 30 to 60 percent of children in violent households are also the victims of domestic violence, and one in four has witnessed physical violence of his or her mother, father, and their intimate partners.4

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