One out of every four American women is abused: a shocking statistic. The incidence of abuse to women and men who have come to the U.S. as immigrants or refugees is much higher.
Many people don’t understand why anyone would stay in a place where they are being abused, but if you are one of these people, you know why. You are told that you deserve to be hit. You have been isolated so that you believe there is no help and that no one cares. Even if someone might care, it’s too embarrassing to tell them. You may still be in love and you may just keep hoping it will stop. It is scary to think about leaving: What if you get caught? Will I be deported? Will they take my children? What do you do without a job? Without money?
Projects for abused women and children are located throughout the state of Iowa. Most of these have shelters that provide a safe home, food and clothing. The length of stay at the shelter varies, depending upon the size of the staff and the size of the shelter. Iowa also has good laws to protect victims of abuse.
The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a 24-hour number you can call: 1.800.942.0333. There is specific information for immigrants and refugees on their website: https://www.icadv.org/legal-clinic
There is also a National Crisis Line that is answered 24-hours: 1.800.799.7233.
There are shelters specifically for Latin women and also for Asian women.
Visit this page for a list of resource centers for victims of domestic violence in Iowa: http://www.icadv.org/#!services-in-iowa/cktc
Amani Community Services is a culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault agency serving African Americans in Black Hawk and Linn Counties. Staff provides counseling, out reach services, personal advocacy, legal advocacy, children’s programming and information and referrals. For information or to reach out to an advocate, please visit https://www.amani-cs.org/
Iowa Domestic Violence & Victim Call Center
Iowa Sexual Assault Hotline
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse
515.661.4015 (Text only)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center
ACCESS – Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support
Family Crisis Support Network
YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter & Sexual Assault Program
Waypoint Services for Women, Children & Families
YWCA Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Resource Center
Catholic Charities Phoenix House
Rural Iowa Crisis Center
Domestic Violence Advocacy Program
The Domestic & Sexual Abuse Resource Center
YWCA Domestic Violence Program
Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center
Seeds of Hope
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Tri-State Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse
Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center
Crisis Intervention Service
Sexual Assault/Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program
Crisis Intervention Services
Crisis Center and Women’s Shelter
Family Crisis Centers of NW Iowa
Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
CAASA – Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family