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Hotline highlights growing domestic violence problem for immigrants

Maliha Janjua slipped into the office at the battered women’s shelter, her vibrant smile drawing attention away from a noticeable scar that stretched across this radiant woman’s jaw line. Last year, that hotline received 4,264 calls, mostly from distressed women seeking services, safety or just a shoulder to cry on — a 10 percent increase in volume from the year prior, said Phyllis Adams, the organization’s executive director.