Domestic Violence Program

What is the Domestic Violence Program?

The Domestic Violence Program at Nationalities Service Center (NSC) provides free legal immigration representation to immigrant women and children who have been victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. Additionally, we provide case management services to survivors and their families through the Bridge to Wellness Program funded through the Office on Violence Against Women.  We also provide legal services for male victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

How do we help?

Each year, this program helps hundreds of immigrant victims gain lawful status in the U.S. by pursuing available opportunities for legal protection, including applications pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), applications for asylum, cancellation of removal, and “U visa” relief. Additionally, case management staff provide connection to support including mainstream DV services and other needed resources. We also provide therapeutic group activities for survivors and their families.  Through this work, more immigrant women, men and children living in desperate, dangerous conditions have gained their safety and freedom to build new lives free from the abuse, intimidation and fear they have suffered.

This program also provides the following services:

  • Free trainings to domestic violence service providers, ethnic community groups, law enforcement, health providers and others to increase awareness of the opportunity to become lawful residents and the availability of NSC’s free legal services.
  • Immigration-related domestic violence trainings for attorneys, law students, and volunteers to prepare them to provide pro bono services to abused immigrant women and their children.
  • Risk Assessment, safety planning, and referrals to Service providers.

Is there an emergency?

If you are a victim of domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-888-799-SAFE (7233). Hotline Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you (Interpreters are available).

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Who do I ask for legal help?

For more information about the Domestic Violence Program or to make a referral please contact:

Brenda Gorski

BIA Accredited Representative

215-893-8400

Katharine Cristaudo

Program Coordinator

215-893-8400