VAWA – Violence Against Women Act
VAWA – The Violence Against Women Act is a landmark legislation in the United States aimed at protecting and assisting victims of violence. This include domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. If you were a victim of domestic violence or extreme cruelty, you are eligible for legal permanent residence if the crime was committed by:
- U.S. citizen Spouse or Ex-spouse
- U.S. citizen parent
- U.S. citizen adult child
- Legal permanent resident Spouse or Ex-Spouse
- Legal Permanent resident parent
VAWA Legal protection
These victims can self-petition without their family member’s knowledge. This is to protect your safety. In certain scenarios, you are eligible to file for adjustment of status to become a legal permanent resident at the same time you file your VAWA petition.
VAWA also strengthened legal protections for victims. It ensuring that they have access to emergency shelters, medical care, counseling services, and legal representation. This legislation has been essential in raising awareness about gender-based violences. VAWA also encouraging reporting of these crimes, and empowering survivors to seek justice and rebuild their lives. It represents a significant step towards creating a society that is safe, supportive, and free from violence for all individuals.
Because of the sensibility of the abuse suffered through domestic violence, it is very important that you contact Attorney Yunuen Mora from Cross Border Lawyer to have an individualized consultation.