Undocumented Women Fear Reporting Violence

Fear of deportation is keeping many Latino women from reporting violence

Sheriff's deputy Marino Gonzalez talks with community members during a block meeting in Cudahy.Sheriff’s Deputy Marino Gonzalez talks with community members during a block meeting in Cudahy. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

“In Los Angeles, Latinos reported 3.5% fewer instances of spousal abuse in the first six months of the year compared with 2016, while reporting among non-Latino victims was virtually unchanged, records show. That pattern extends beyond Los Angeles to cities such as San Francisco and San Diego, which recorded even steeper declines of 18% and 13%, respectively. Domestic violence is traditionally an under-reported crime. Some police officials and advocates now say immigrants without legal status also may become targets for other crimes because of their reluctance to contact law enforcement.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-undocumented-crime-reporting-20171009-story.html

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