Client is Brazilian who moved to US recently. Domestic violence included threats, emotional, brought his gun out and put it to his own head threatening to kill himself, sexual, opening a prostitute online account for her, sending a sex video of her to her ex-husband. There are no children of the relationship. Client had temporarily lived in a women’s shelter to escape the abuse before moving in with a friend. There is no property or debt to divide and the client is not seeking any ongoing support. Husband has already filed a case seeking an annulment based on his allegation that he discovered that she is engaging in prostitution. Client denies this and seeks a divorce instead as she is concurrently pursuing a Violence Against Women Act claim to achieve legal status in the US and needs a divorce rather than an annulment. A Legal Aid staff attorney is her immigration counsel.
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