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13 UCLA Women's L.J. 43 (2003-2005)
Battered Immigrant Women's Willingness to Call for Help and Police Response

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BATTERED IMMIGRANT WOMEN'S
WILLINGNESS TO CALL FOR HELP
AND POLICE RESPONSE
Leslye E. Orloff, Mary Ann Dutton,
Giselle Aguilar Hass and Nawal Ammar,
ABSTRAcr
This Article examines the barriers that battered immi-
grant women face when contacting the police for assistance in
stopping or escaping intimate partner violence. It analyzes
partial results from a large-scale research project undertaken
by Ayuda, Inc. from 1992 to 1995 meant to assess the needs of
immigrant Latinas in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
The results of this study demonstrate that only a small per-
centage of battered immigrant women who experienced severe
domestic violence was willing to call the police. Those women
who did call were more likely to have been in the country for
more than three years, to have talked about the abuse with
more than one person prior to calling the police, to have chil-
dren who witnessed the abuse, and to have a form of perma-
nent legal immigration status. The study found no evidence
that the immigration status of the perpetrator affected the
willingness of the victim to call the police. It found that a
large number of the women who contacted the police had pro-
1. Leslye E. Orloff, J.D., Director, Immigrant Women Program, NOW Legal
Defense and Education Fund. Ms. Orloff founded the domestic violence program at
Ayuda, Inc., where she was involved in the development and implementation of this
study. Mary Ann Dutton, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
Georgetown University. Giselle Aguilar Hass, Psy.D., Associate Professor, Argosy
University Washington D.C., and Nawal H. Ammar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
Justice Studies, Kent State University. The authors would like to extend their
thanks to the following persons whose work contributed to the development of this
article: Edna Yang, Amanda Anderson, Margo Coleman, Dana Jackson, and Ad-
rienne Ellis.

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