“Male-Order” Brides: Immigrant Women, Domestic Violence and Immigration Law

Hypatia 10 (1):104 - 119 (1995)
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This essay analyzes why women whose immigration status is dependent on their marriage face higher risks of domestic violence than women who are citizens and explores the factors that collude to prevent acknowledgment of their greater susceptibility to battering. It criticizes elements of current U.S. immigration policy that are detrimental to the welfare of battered immigrant women, and argues for changes that would make immigration policy more sensitive to their plight.



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