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Syrian refugee women coming forward with domestic violence allegations, group says
Every week, one Syrian woman comes forward to say she's a victim of domestic abuse, a Toronto non-profit group says.
More than 25,000 refugees from Syria have fled the civil war in that country and settled in Canada, with many arriving during the winter months. Now, representatives from the Arab Community Centre of Toronto say many are speaking up to say they are living in abusive relationships.
Lubna Shaban, a settlement counsellor at the centre, said many of the women are scared to come forward, especially because their language skills are limited and they're unsure of the potential repercussions — including a concern that they may be deported.
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