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