FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KAIT/KNWA) - A study conducted by the University of Arkansas shows that Hispanic women are more likely to seek legal assistance when it comes to domestic violence than white women.
According to KNWA, Maria Torres, lead advocate at the Peace At Home Family Shelter, says at first Hispanic women find it difficult to come forward.
"They opt to stay with their partner and figure it out and fight for the unity of the family until they can't anymore. That legal process makes it more formal and final," Torres says.
If undocumented, the victim can remain in the country through a protected visa as long as they cooperate with authorities.
The university study shows the shelter's efforts have shown the progress of the outreach program they offer. Torres says they make available information in the victim's language so they know what resources are out there for them.
However, Torres stresses that the fight against domestic violence is ongoing for every woman who is a victim of abuse still in silence.
Torres added, "There is no excuse for abuse. Everyone that comes through our doors goes through the same process and we use the same model for everybody."
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