Various materials can be used to help facilitate discussion about IPV and to provide patients with information about resources and services available to them in their community. The following resources may assist patients and providers in deciding what to do. Providers should be careful to consider the level of danger and violence experienced by patients before providing materials to take home. Offer victims the use of the phone at the facility to minimize retaliation from abusers that may monitor a victim's calls and text messages.
Victim advocates are generally the best suited practitioners to assist victims and inform them about the legal system and the process of pursuing legal actions. Many of the organizations listed under the"Referrals and Resources"section are able to provide victim advocacy services.
Immigrant Visa: Certain battered spouses and children of permanent residents or U.S. citizens, as well as certain battered parents of U.S. citizens, may apply for an immigrant visa petition without the abuser’s knowledge in accordance with the Violence Against Women Act provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act.