VAWA Lawyer In NJ and NY
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Being a victim of domestic violence is a terrible experience, regardless of your circumstances. But immigrant victims of domestic violence face an added layer of challenges when they try to escape violent situations at home that often prevents them from seeking help.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a comprehensive set of laws that was created in 1994 to address the widespread issue of domestic violence and create safe and effective ways for all victims of domestic violence to get the help they need: whatever your age, gender, religion or legal status, all people deserve a life free of abuse.
How can VAWA help me as an immigrant?
Many immigrant victims of domestic violence are hesitant to seek out help because of their immigration status. Because of the way our immigration system works, they have to rely on their abusive sponsor in order to get their green card. When caught between a rock and a hard place, many choose not to act before they can fix their status. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
VAWA allows immigrant victims of domestic violence to file an immigration petition for themselves, without having to rely on their abusive spouse or relative. The VAWA self-petition process was specifically created to guarantee that victims will not face backlash from their abuser, and that they can leave the abusive situation behind without compromising their status. What’s more, VAWA even provides a pathway to permanent residence.