SAY NO TO VIOLENCE, CASA WILL DEFEND YOU
A study publishes in May 2006 by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) indicates that every week more than 10 people in the U.S. are murdered or commit suicide (in the State of Florida the average is 15 people). 74% involved an intimate partner (spouse, former spouse or boyfriend). 94% of attackers were males. Moreover, according to a study released by the FBI states that 4 million women are beaten and abused every 15 minutes.
Due to the recent increase in cases of Domestic Abuse in Miami, stories like a young Colombian who’s been a recent victim of this scourge and is sharing her story to encourage women and men who are facing this situation to seek help and protection, denouncing and searching for assistance in organizations such as CASA who from 2007 count on high qualified and specialized staff which dedicate all of its efforts to protect and defend the victims that have suffered from it.
“Mireya! you have called right in time, before being another statistic”, declared the police officer when she worked up the courage and dial 911 after facing verbal and physical reactions from her husband. Now, she recognized that when this situation became more and more frequent she should have taken radical actions by denouncing and searching for help but felt helpless, alone, with fears of being tied down for my immigration status, and the sick love for him prevented her to make the correct decisions.
Legal representation by CASA
As the situation worsened, she was aggravated by her fears and her low self-esteem. She contacted CASA, and they assisted her with psychological counseling and legal aid. Their lawyer analyzed her case, performed the legal procedures, and finally took her to the next step. This ended in the acquisition of her immigration status and making it so that she wouldn’t be a victim of abuse anymore.
It is important that the victims understand that by proving evidence, there are laws that protect them and takes them into a legal path to an immigration status.