Technical Resources and Assistance - For Domestic Violence and Immigrant Services Agencies


Accessing Language Access in Massachusetts Courts – Outreach Letter
An example of a letter to advocates in supporting immigrant survivors of domestic violence in receiving fair and equitable rights within the legal system.

Accessing Language Access in Massachusetts Courts – Survey
An example of what can be utilized to assist you with the quality and effectiveness of interpreter assignments for domestic violence, family law, and landlord/tenant hearings. This document has been utilized in various courts in Massachusetts.

Community Meetings: Turning Education Into Advocacy
In community meetings, a link is made between community education and advocacy. Meetings serve to educate immigrants about laws and policies that affect them and their communities, elicit their concerns, ideas and involvement in advocacy about the issue, and focus the message the community wants to communicate about the issue.  They serve as a community’s first step in developing and beginning to implement strategies to respond to issues that concern them.

Help Seeking Behavior in Immigrant Victims of DV: Roles of Religion and Patriarchy
How religion may be interpreted or misconstrued to foster unhealthy relationships and how religion can be incorporated to empower clients during their course of services.

Immigration Relief for Battered Immigrants
Information about the challenges and options in serving abused immigrants, including the background on law and information about VAWA and the U Visa.

Intimate Partner Violence Meets Immigrant and Refugee Issues Fact Sheet
When serving immigrants and refugees, there are differences in family dynamics and culture that will affect the ways in which clients will seek out and respond to services and are critical for providers to be aware of.

Marriage and Emotional Assessment Tool
This form should be used when the initial intake suggests issues regarding the client’s good faith marriage and/or emotional abuse during marriage. The questions are intended to be a conversational aid and the interviewer should always ask the client for more detail when necessary.

Multi-Service Agencies: When Survivors and Perpetrators Are Both Your Clients
Policy for serving victims and perpetrators of domestic violence if both are current clients at the organization prior to the reported domestic violence.

Power and Control Wheels
Tools that define the cycle of power and control in abusive relationships.

bulletImmigrant Power and Control Wheel Specific to VAWA
Specific to proving extreme cruelty for VAWA applications. Produced and distributed by NIFVI with graphics by Sarah Rosell.Defines the cycle of power and control in abusive relationships.

Promoting U Visas with Local Officials
The U Visa is an exceptionally powerful tool to help free abused immigrants from violent relationships and protect communities from crime. It was created by the Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act in a unanimous vote in the Senate and with just one no vote in the House of Representative. So why do we need to promote it? First, because law enforcement support is required, and law enforcement attitudes and policies are frequently affected by public opinion. Second, because the U Visa process helps Americans see immigrants as “us,” rather than “them,” and that helps build strong, vibrant communities.

Psychosocial Assessment (Available Upon Request)
This form should be administered by a professional, trained in the mental health field. It is used to document a client's medical and mental health history and recommendations for any counseling that may be needed. Assistance is available from NIFVI with any orientation or training needed to utilize the tool.

Safety Planning Protocol
This protocol covers the safety planning process that is to be conducted if the intake shows that there is a high risk of danger to the client. Any client in any program with a high risk should have a trained staff member go through the safety planning process with them.

Safety Plan
The objective of this safety planning process is to help the client understand what they can do if they get in a dangerous situation to reduce the risk of harm to themselves and their family, including if they need to leave the situation quickly. All staff members who help with safety planning should be well-trained and have some monitoring of how they conduct safety planning.

Visual Safety Plan
Developed to be utilized by providers when working with limited English speakers.
English Version, click here.
Arabic Version, click here.
Bosnian Version, click here.
Burmese Version, click here.
French Version, click here.
Nepali Version, click here.
Somali Version, click here.
Spanish Version, click here.
Swahili Version, click here.
Vietnamese Version, click here.

Strategies for Working with Immigrant DV Survivors
Tips intended to help guide providers through the dos and don’ts of working with immigrant women that have experienced domestic violence.

Service Outcome Survey
A post survey administered to measure the impact the services you have provided have had in the life of your client. For the best results, it is suggested that you ask the client the questions in a one-on-one interview and utilize an interpreter as needed.

Service System Diagram
This diagram outlines the service system needed to best serve immigrants and refugees that have experienced family violence.

Stalking Behaviors - Visual Tool
To assist providers in explaining to limited English speakers what behaviors are considered stalking.

U Visas for DV Advocates and Immigrant Services Agencies (Available Upon Request)
A document intended to help guide DVadvocates and Immigrant Service Agencies through the process of assisting clients with applying for U Visas.
The full document is available upon request. Table of contents include:
Step 1: Identify Potential Applicants and Refer for Service
Step 2: Know and Explain the Legal and Documentation Requirements.
Step 3: Facilitate Obtaining Police Report(s)
Step 4: Help Applicant Gather Supporting Documentation
Step 5: Write Supporting Letter
Step 6: Help Draft Applicant's U Visa and Waiver Declarations
Step7: Keep Applicant in Touch with Agency and Informed about Changes
Step 8: Help with Post-Filing Logistics
Step 9: Educate Police about Reports
Appendix: Worksheets to Develop Hardship and Equities Declarations
a.) Hardship Equities Worksheet to Prepare Waiver Declaration (English)
b.) Equities Worksheet (English)
c.) Hardship Equities Worksheet to Prepare Waiver Declaration (Spanish)
d.) Equities Worksheet (Spanish)

Ways to Serve Domestic Violence Survivors Remotely
Suggestions on how to work with shelters and domestic violence providers, computer programs, utilizing phones, holding clinics at remote sites, Skype and OoVoo to assist clients who live far from services.

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