What is the Violence Against Women Act?

Coming to a new country can be hard when you don’t know the customs or the culture. America was founded on people searching for a better life with freedom, which is what immigrants search for to this day when they come to this country. America is filled with opportunities to take advantage of, but if you don’t know your rights as an immigrant you don’t know all of the opportunities you have available to you. When you come to Zohar Law Firm PLLC, you’re able to learn everything you need to know about immigration information and what type of visa is best for your situation. In our last blog, we went over What Is A Special Immigrant Juvenile Status? and what exactly that entails. Today, we’ll be going over the Violence Against Women Act and what exactly that means for women under the federal laws of the United States. To learn more about immigration information, call (866) 318-0044.


The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, was created for victims of domestic abuse to give women a green card without the abuser’s knowledge. This Act was formed after the Immigration and Nationality Act to include the ability for women to obtain green cards. The Violence Against Women Act was created in 1994 and helps to give victims of child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence the ability to apply for a green card. To apply for a green card, the immigrant abused victim doesn’t need the cooperation of the abusive spouse, adult child, or parent. This Act allows anyone who is in unfortunate circumstances to overcome the abuse from their abuser and obtain legality to live permanently in the United States. Many immigrants who are abused are taken advantage of because they don’t have a green card of their own and the abusive person is holding it over his or her head; this Act helps to protect them. Women who are foreign tend to work in domestic help positions, as caretakers, or informal labor, which means they don’t assert their rights and they generally aren’t protected under the current laws. This act ensures their protection and allows them to not have to live under an abuser’s home just to stay in this country. Learn more about VAWA Green Cards.


There are a few types of people who are eligible under the VAWA visas. Spouses, parents, and children are all eligible to file under the legal status for VAWA. The Violence Against Women Act is a process to obtain a green card. The filing process and eligibility is a complicated experience. When you come to Zohar Law Firm, we’re able to keep your consultation confidential and treat the process with severe precaution. We understand the situation you are in and we want to do everything we can to help protect you and assist you in obtaining a visa. The process is a complex one, and legal advice and representation is needed to ensure you are protected. If you are living in an abusive situation, don’t waste another moment and take control of your life. At Zohar Law Firm PLLC, we’ll be able help you gain the freedom you deserve. Make an appointment today and we’ll help you to the best of our abilities.