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The Politicization of SafetyCritical Perspectives on Domestic Violence Responses$
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Jane Stoever

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805648

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805648.001.0001

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A Fraught Pairing

A Fraught Pairing

Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Law Enforcement

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The Politicization of Safety

Natalie Nanasi

NYU Press

This chapter examines the tensions inherent in the U visa, a form of immigration relief that provides survivors of intimate partner violence a path to lawful status. Receipt of the U visa is contingent upon compulsory and continuing cooperation with law enforcement, which does not reflect the reality of the lives of many survivors of domestic violence, especially immigrant victims, who are uniquely unable, fearful or disinclined to engage with the state. As such, the vulnerabilities the U visa was intended to address are exacerbated and benefits to police and prosecutors are achieved at the expense of the victims Congress sought to protect.

Keywords:   Immigration, Immigrant, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Law Enforcement

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