Barriers to accessing services

This section presents documents that examine, describe, and recommend strategies for addressing barriers faced by immigrant women when accessing services. These barriers may include cultural practices, English language profeciency, immigrant survivors’ and their children’s immigrant status, and economic dependency on the perpetrator. Another major barrier could be service providers who have limited resources and skills to appropriately respond to immigrant survivor’s unique needs.

Immigrant status has been found to have an impact on survivors' help seeking behavior. A study found that Latino immigrants were less likely than non-immigrants to seek help for domestic violence from formal agencies (6.9% vs. 14.7%). (Ingram, 2007)