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Immigrants too often become victims of domestic abuse. Many of their batterers use immigration status as a way to control them, making them feel powerless to seek help or protection. The abuser may exploit the immigrant in many ways, such as destroying or stealing his or her papers, calling him or her names such as “illegal,” threatening to have the person deported or reporting his or her immigration status. The City of El Paso’s Police Department is aware of these concerns and in response established a Victim Services Unit to work with immigrants to make sure that they are aware of their rights. Victims have the right to protection from harm and threats and have the right to privacy. Most importantly, as victims of crimes, immigrants are not required to report their immigration status to police. A female immigrant who goes to a battered women’s shelter has the right to keep her immigration status private. Likewise, El Paso residents are not required to be citizens in order to get a restraining order and are entitled to receive emergency medical care.