Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Nancy: "Because of APALC's help, I gained a new life."

While still living in Malaysia*, Nancy* met her future husband, an America citizen. They were in a long-distance relationship for several years until she immigrated to the U.S. in 2011 to marry him. Only a few months later, on a spring evening, something in her husband snapped.  He brutally attacked her – choking her repeatedly, pulling her hair, and hitting her with his hands and fists.  Nancy, who had bruises and scratches all over her body, escaped after her husband fell asleep that night. She called the police. Eventually, her husband was criminally charged for the assault. Nancy sought assistance from APALC, which helped her to seek refuge in an emergency domestic violence shelter and obtain a restraining order through the family law court. Her husband ended up being convicted of his crimes against her and was sentenced to multiple years in prison.  Safely away from her abusive husband, Nancy is currently at a long-term domestic violence shelter.

She is protected for five years by the restraining order APALC helped her secure. APALC also is helping her self-petition for legal status through the Violence Against Women Act. Nancy said: "Because of APALC's help, I gained a new life.”

*Client’s name and country of origin has been changed to preserve confidentiality


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