The Latin American Coalition assists victims of domestic violence

Charlotte-NC. At the Immigrant Welcome Center we address domestic violence, offering support to its victims through a network of partner agencies that help people gain access to health services, legal support, and safety planning.

Domestic abuse can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, financial, psychological, or threatening actions that influence another person. This includes any behavior that scares, intimidates, terrifies, manipulates, hurts, humiliates, blames, or hurts someone.

Eligible patients

The Immigrant Welcome Center programs provide guidance and support to anyone, regardless of their immigration status or nationality.

Cost of services

Most of the services at this help center are free, although we do appreciate nominal donations for services such as copying and faxing. Notary services, translations and compliance with applications and general forms have a low cost fee.

Help hours

The hours and days of attention at the Immigrant Welcome Center are from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You do not have to make an appointment. Friday is closed to the public.

How to recognize if you are suffering domestic abuse?

His couple…

Does he embarrass or make fun of you in front of your friends or family?

Does it make you put aside your achievements?

Does it make you feel like you can’t make decisions? -Do you use intimidation or threats to achieve compliance?

Does he tell you that he is nothing without him/her?

Do you treat him rudely? (grasping, pushing, pinching or hitting)

Does he call you several times a night or does he show up to make sure you are where you said you would be?

Do you use drugs or alcohol as an excuse to say hurtful things or abuse you? Do they blame you for how they feel or act?

Do you pressure in the sexual field to do things for which you are not prepared?

Does it make you feel that there is “no way out” of the relationship?

Does it keep you from doing the things you want to do, like spending time with friends or family? 

Do you try to prevent him from leaving after a fight or leave him somewhere after a fight to “teach him a lesson”?

Are you afraid of how your partner might behave?

Do you constantly excuse your behavior?

Do you think you can help your partner to change if you only change something about yourself?

Do you try not to do anything that might cause conflict or anger your partner?

Do you always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want?

Do you stay with your partner because you are afraid of what you would do if the relationship ended?

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or class. Domestic abuse can culminate in serious physical injury or death. For additional information, call 704-531-3848.