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?
Be sure to consider the privacy of your computer, smartphone, or tablet when seeking help online or over the phone. Some victims might use the same device, network, or phone plan as the abuser, allowing the abuser to see the victim's search or call history or otherwise track their activity. Many smart devices contain cameras or GPS tracking that can be used to locate and monitor your whereabouts. An abuser can even slip a small tracking device in your car, bag, pocket, or other belongings without your knowledge. If you're concerned about your privacy or safety, several organizations provide assistance and resources, including National Domestic Violence Hotline and RAINN. You can also check out our Resources for Victims of Crime.
The most important thing right now is to make sure that you and any other family members are safe from any further violence.
You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. This agency can help you locate resources in your community, such as shelter, counseling, and legal services.
In addition, you might be able to petition for your own green card if do not already have permanent residence or U.S. citizenship. For more on this, see Green Card Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Who Is Eligible.