Limited English Can Lead To Domestic Violence Victims’ Arrests

BY EMIL GUILLERMO

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As many as 20-30 domestic violence suspects are arrested each month in San Francisco, only to be released the next morning. That’s because those suspects were really the victims — not the perpetrators — of domestic violence, says Angela Chan of the Asian Law Caucus.

Too often among San Francisco’s non-English speaking community members, Chan says the wrong people arrested because of miscommunication. Now civil rights groups are concerned that the victims, mostly Asian and Latina women, were simply denied their right to bilingual assistance, as required by police department policy.

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