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Domestic Violence forum held at QHC

Working in partnership with the organizations Connect and Women for Afghan Women, Queens Health Coalition (QHC) recently hosted a forum at their headquarters on Depot Road in Flushing to discuss issues of domestic violence, especially dedicated to the immigrant populations of Queens.
In attendance was an immigration attorney who addressed the specific concerns of women who may lack legal status themselves, and rely on an abusive spouse to remain in this country.
“These women are trapped in a cultural ‘Catch 22,’ ” said QHC’s Executive Director, Phyllis Shafran. “They fear to stay and fear to leave their abusive marriages because they will be ostracized and perhaps even punished by both their in-laws and their own families.”
Anindita Chatterjee Bhaumik of Connect, urged the women to seek professional counsel so they can learn their rights and receive help. She also warned them to avoid immigration fraud artists who are ill informed and known to prey on the vulnerable.
Anyone with questions is urged to call Connect’s 24-hour legal advocacy hotline at 212-683-0605.

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