Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows some victims of spousal abuse or domestic violence to attain lawful immigration status without the spouse’s petition.

An immigration attorney may request a psychological evaluation to assess the client’s current mental state and assess the emotional impact of the abuse endured. Psychological evaluations may be used to document the nature, severity, and frequency of the spousal abuse or domestic violence.