Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Tampa Violence Against Women (VAWA) Lawyer

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a pivotal piece of legislation in the U.S. immigration system. Enacted in 1994, VAWA provides an avenue for certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who have been abused to seek immigration relief independently of their abuser.

At Little Law, P.A., we can help you navigate the complexities of the immigration system under this law, ensuring you understand your rights. Our immigration firm can assist you from the start of the petition process, meticulously preparing all necessary documentation, to the end, where we can represent you in any interviews or court proceedings. 

Attorney Jamila Little is a passionate supporter of those seeking safety and peace through the VAWA process and will work tenaciously to help you seek a positive outcome.

Contact our Tampa Violence Against Women (VAWA) attorney online or by calling (813) 640-4931 for a consultation about your case. 

How VAWA Works

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a resource for investigating and prosecuting crimes involving domestic violence and sexual assault against women. It also allows immigrant women and their children to apply for immigrant visas, such as green cards, by self-petition without the consent of their abusive spouses. 

This process extends to the spouses, children, and parents of lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens who have been abusive. VAWA provides these victims with a chance to secure protection, safety, and independence from their abusers through a confidential process.

The following individuals are eligible to seek lawful permanent residency under VAWA:

  • Abused spouses of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, including those whose children have suffered abuse from a spouse. Self-petitions can include any unmarried children under 21.
  • Parents of U.S. citizens who have endured abuse from their child.
  • Unmarried children under 21 who have been victims of abuse by a parent who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Other Eligibility Requirements

Your relationship with the abuser determines eligibility requirements. For instance, if you're the spouse intending to file, you must demonstrate that your marriage was legitimate and entered into sincerely, you cohabitated with the abusive spouse, and you possess a good moral character. 

In cases where you are divorced from your abuser or the abusive spouse has passed away, VAWA petitions must be filed within two years of the divorce or death. This two-year deadline also applies if the abusive spouse loses U.S. permanent resident status.

VAWA eligibility is based on you or your child having endured battery or severe cruelty by your spouse. This can be shown through documentation, such as written testimony, police reports, court-issued protective or restraining orders, or medical records. 

You will also need to provide documentation proving your family relationship with the abuser, the abuser’s status as a U.S. citizen or green card holder, your cohabitation with that individual, and your current residency within the U.S. 


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How Little Law, P.A. Can Help

We can provide advice, support, and guidance throughout the VAWA petition process. In the hands of our experienced and compassionate VAWA attorney, you can have a steadfast advocate committed to helping you find the protection and security you deserve. 

Call us at (813) 640-4931 for legal help today. 

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