Although all survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence experience obstacles and difficult situations, it is recognized within the field that these barriers can be especially burdensome for survivors who are also members of historically marginalized and underserved communities. These groups share some of the same barriers to service, but also have some that are specific to their own experience of violence.
For resources specific to some of these marginalized survivors, please see the list below.
Women of Color
For women of color, high rates of poverty, poor education, limited job resources, language barriers, and fear of deportation increase their difficulty finding help and support services. Although there are unique circumstances within the context of a particular community of color, common factors and considerations exist which may account for under-reporting of DV by women of color and a failure to seek appropriate help services (Women of Color Network).
African American Women
Violence Policy Center Report– Section 2: Black Females (Page 9)
Asian and Pacific Islander Women
Native American Community
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs– Native American Survivors
Refugee and Immigrant Women
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs– Refugee and Immigrant Survivors
US Citizenship and Immigration Services- Resources
- Fact Sheet: USCIS Issues Guidance For Approved Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitioners
- Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa
- Immigration Relief for Vulnerable Populations: Human Trafficking, Crime Victims, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs– LGBTQ Survivors