Well, so much for not posting for a while.
A friend threw me with a difficult question last night and it's been bugging me ever since. It occurred to me that NOLA might be a good person to ask for info, but instead of emailing her offline, I'm posting it here instead: since I don't know so many of the people who visit here, I thought it might be good to take the chance that one or more of you might have helpful suggestions as well!
Here's the situation.
My friend knows of an Indian woman living in West Virginia who is in an abusive relationship but believes that she cannot leave her husband because she is in the US on a dependent visa. Does she have any legal recourse, or are her only choices 1) staying with her miserable rat-bastard of a husband (my words, not hers) and 2) going back to India (with her children? without her children?? How does that part of it work??)
If anyone can even begin to point me in the right direction on this, it would be GREATLY appreciated. I'd love to see abusive husbands get the same treatment in prison as child molesters: after all, both prey on people weaker than themselves.