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9 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 263 (1995)
Restoring Hope or Tolerating Abuse - Responses to Domestic Violence against Immigrant Women

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RESTORING HOPE OR TOLERATING ABUSE?
RESPONSES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST
IMMIGRANT WOMEN
SusAN GIRARDO Roy*
I. INTRODUCTION
Elizabeth McCandless Murray had been the victim of domestic abuse
at the hands of her Irish immigrant husband for almost all of the eleven
months of their marriage. She had done everything recommended to
protect herself: she took self-defense courses, got a job and developed
financial independence, and left her husband, initiating divorce proceed-
ings. Despite testimony that he brutally beat her, threatened to kill her
and planned to flee the country to his native Ireland, the judge in the
case declined to hold her husband without bail. Instead the judge froze
the husband's bank account, and issued a restraining order. Her hus-
band was able to hunt her down and kill both her and himself. The judge
defended his actions on the grounds that he had urged the victim to
press criminal charges against her husband, but she had refused.'
Maria, a fifty-something-year-old Dominican immigrant, finally fled
from her husband after years of abuse. One time I had eight stitches in
my head, and a gash on the other side of my head, and he broke my ribs
... He would bash my head against the wall while we had sex .... He
kept threatening to kill me .... ' She stayed with her husband because
he was an American citizen, and she thought he was her only hope of
* B.A. with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers, The State University, 1989; M.A., The
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University, 1990; J.D. Candidate, Georgetown
University Law Center, May, 1996, The author wishes to thank her husband, Patrick B. Roy, for
his constant support and assistance.
1. See, e.g., Bob Hohler, Murray Bail Is Issue on Court's Tape, BOSTON GLOBE, Dec. 25,1992,
at 37.
2. Michelle J. Anderson, A License to Abuse: The Impact of Conditional Status on Female
Immigrants, 102 YALE L.J. 1401 (1993) (citing Vivienne Wait, Immigrant Abuse: Nowhere to
Hide; Women Fear Deportation, Experts Say, NEWSDAY, Dec. 2,1990, at 8).

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