Immigration and Domestic Violence

Legal Information

  • Children Are Victims, Too

    Domestic abuse affects children as well as adults. This page includes safety tips for children and suggestions for adults. Content Detail

    Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence

    Lawline FAQ: The Protection from Domestic Abuse Act is a law in South Carolina to protect wives and husbands, former spouses, children and other close relatives from physical harm, threat of harm or criminal sexual conduct by providing help through family court to get a protective order. Physical abuse occurs in various forms - being kicked, punched, slapped, shoved, sexually molested or harmed bodily in any way. Content Detail

    South Carolina Bar Association
  • DSS Services in Domestic Violence

    The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) through its Battered Spouse Program has provided assistance for victims of domestic violence for eighteen years. The program provides support for crisis intervention and prevention services to victims of family violence, their children and abusers through a network of community based nonprofit service providers. Content Detail

    SC Department of Social Services
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Program

    What My Sister's House advocates do for domestic violence victims, and how to reach the advocates in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties. Content Detail

    My Sister's House, Inc.
  • Domestic Violence: Safety Tips for You and Your Family

    Whether or not you feel you are able to leave someone who is abusing you, there are things you can do to make you and your family safer. Content Detail

    American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
  • Immigrant Women and Abuse

    If you are an immigrant to the United States, and you are a victim of domestic violence or rape, here are some suggestions we hope will help you. Content Detail

    Women's Justice Center
  • Rape Crisis Center: Emergency Room

    What to do, and just as importantly, what NOT to do if you have been sexually assaulted. Content Detail

    Foothills Alliance
  • How Can An Immigration Lawyer Help You?

    If you or a family member is interested in living in the United States, you may need someone who can help you understand U.S. immigration laws and who can help you apply for legal status. This page will help you decide if you need an immigration lawyer and what you need to know to choose a qualified lawyer or authorized representative. Lawyers will tell you what to expect up front. They will warn you of the risks and possibilities that can reasonably be expected. Content Detail

    American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Immigrant Resource Guide

    Guide to finding cash assistance, domestic violence information, drug and alcohol services, food assistance, health care, housing, legal assistance, limited English proficiency services, and more. PDF document (may load slowly). Content Detail

    South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Questions to Ask Before You Hire An Attorney for a Domestic Violence or Family Law matter

    Questions and answers about hiring an attorney, fees and costs associated with taking legal action, and more. Content Detail

    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Unemployment Insurance for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Many victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking must leave work in order to protect themselves, their families, and their coworkers. A growing group of local and national advocates has encouraged making victims eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits when they are forced to leave their jobs because of their fear for their safety and that of their families. This fact sheet for advocates describes the issues and offers model language on domestic violence UI. Please consult an attorney to get an evaluation of your claims. The document is PDF format. Content Detail

    National Employment Law Project (NELP)
  • Immigration Lawhelp was designed to address the lack of reliable information available to low-income immigrants by providing an easy-to-use online directory of legal services providers. In addition to the ability to search for nonprofit legal services by state, county, and detention facility, the website allows users to find organizations by languages spoken, types of legal and other services provided, and specific areas of legal assistance. It is available in English and Spanish. Content Detail

    Immigration Advocated Network (IAN)
  • Order of Protection (Video)

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    South Carolina Legal Services - Charleston
  • Sex Offender Registry

    You may search the registry by name, city, county, or ZIP code. Content Detail

    South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division