My husband and I got into an argument that escalated very quickly and he hit me. I was very shocked and upset, but not seriously hurt. He is in the U.S. on a green card and I’m worried that if I take out a restraining order or file a police report, he will be deported. What will happen to him?
The most important thing right now is to make sure that you and any other family members are safe from any further violence. You should contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE. They can help you locate resources in your community such as shelter, counseling, and legal services. In addition, you may be able to petition for your own green card if do not already have permanent residence or U.S. citizenship. For more information on this, see “Green Card Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Who Is Eligible.”