What You Need to Know About VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted in 1994 to address the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the United States. While the law is often associated with protecting women, it is important to note that VAWA also provides critical protection to men and members of the LGBTQ+ community who experience violence and abuse.

“VAWA can be life saving for those who are experiencing violence in their marriage.”

Oftentimes, the intimate partner violence that occurs within marriage is hidden behind closed doors, and victims are left feeling alone and trapped. VAWA provides a pathway for victims to seek justice and safety, regardless of their marital status.

Under VAWA, victims can obtain restraining orders and other forms of legal protection against their abusers. In addition, VAWA provides resources for victims, including hotlines, shelters, and counseling services. These resources can be critical for helping victims escape violent situations and rebuild their lives.

VAWA also includes provisions to help immigrant victims of domestic violence. Under VAWA, victims who are married to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents may be eligible to self-petition for legal status without the cooperation of their abuser. This provision is critical for victims who are afraid to leave their abuser for fear of losing their immigration status.

Do you think you qualify for VAWA?

Our firm focuses on these cases because we have witnessed firsthand how they impact our clients’ lives. Where once clients may have felt trapped, alone or hopeless, a VAWA approval gives them renewed faith and allows them to work and live in the United States freely. Seeing the tears of joy and smiles on our client’s faces makes our hard work all worth it. We are tremendously blessed to offer this service to our community.

For married couples, the decision to seek help for intimate partner abuse can be a difficult one. Victims may feel ashamed or afraid to disclose the abuse to others, including family and friends. However, it is important to remember that help is available. VAWA provides critical resources and legal protections for victims of the following:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a marriage or intimate relationship, tell them that they can always reach out for help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) is available 24/7 to provide support and resources for victims. Remember, you are not alone.

VAWA is here to help you break free from the cycle of violence and build a brighter future. Our team at Qazi Law Offices will be here to assist you every single step of your VAWA application process.

If you are an immigrant, seeking a solution and an escape from a toxic environment/relationship with a U.S. citizen or resident, call our office for a free case review and/or to book a confidential consultation with our immigration lawyer. Don’t worry, calling our offices is absolutely free.

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