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VAWA: Status for Victims of Domestic Violence

Have you been physically or emotionally harmed by your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent, or your adult U.S. citizen son or daughter? If so, you may be eligible to apply for lawful immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

WHAT IS “VAWA”? WHO QUALIFIES FOR VAWA PROTECTION?

VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act, is a law passed by Congress. Among other things, it protects immigrant victims of domestic violence and some of their family members by allowing them to selfpetition for lawful immigration status in the U.S. without the abuser’s knowledge, permission or help. Despite the name, the law does not just protect women: girls, boys, and men are protected too.

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