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June 2016

VAWA, An Option for Domestic Violence Victims

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The Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994. Under this Act, people who have been abused by a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouse or parent can get a green card without the help of the abuser. The Act is intended to help immigrants who feel forced to remain in an abusive relationship because the abuser is holding their lack of legal status against them. It is important to note that the victim doesn’t have to be a woman; men are often victims of abuse as well. And the Act applies to abused spouses in same-sex marriages also. In order…

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