Marginalized Survivors


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).

Women of Color Network

Women of Color Network- Fact Sheets

Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence


African American Women

Violence Policy Center Report– Section 2: Black Females (Page 9)

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community

 Asian and Pacific Islander Women

Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence

Latina Survivors


Arte Sana

National Latino Network

Casa de Esperanza

Ecuentro Latino- National Institute on Domestic Violence

Fact Sheet- Latino National Institute on Family Violence

Native American Community

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs– Native American Survivors


 Refugee and Immigrant Women

SC Immigrant Victim Network

Refugee Women’s Alliance

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


LGBTQ Survivors

SC Equality Coalition

The Northwest Network

The Network la Red

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs– LGBTQ Survivors


Differently-abled Survivors

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services

VERA Institute of Justice

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence- DisAbility Advocacy Project

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health

National Domestic Violence Hotline- Abuse in the Deaf Community

National Clearing House on Abuse in Later Life

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs- Disability Community

Futures Without Violence


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