Immigrants & refugees

All people in the United States, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, are guaranteed basic protections under both civil and criminal law. Whether you are a documented or undocumented immigrant, you have the right to: 

  • Receive help from the police 
  • Legally separate or divorce without the consent of your partner; ask for custody of your children and financial support 
  • File criminal charges 
  • File for a protective order for you and your children 
  • Access supportive services in the community, such as counseling, safety planning, emergency shelter, and more 

You have the right to file for a protective order 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

If you are an undocumented immigrant who is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking, you may qualify for legal status in the US through special visas available to victims of crime. For more information on your legal rights, consult with a qualified immigration attorney. If you are unable to afford a private attorney, some agencies provide free or low-cost legal services. 

Related links


Protections for Victims

Protective orders

Criminal Charges

Police Involvement & Evidence