I have been victim of domestic abuse (emotional, psychological and financial). I have been in denial but have built a strong support group which is giving me the strength to finally step out of the relationship with my husband. I am so afraid of the next step and how to proceed. I need an experienced VAWA layer and a quote for their services after I explain in more detail my particular situation. Thanks
The best thing to do is contact a local women's shelter or domestic abuse organization - they may have staff attorneys or be able to refer you to someone close-by who does VAWA work. Done right it is very straightforward, and your lawyer should take the pressure off you and guide you to safety.
I think Mr. Peerally's guide here will set you in the right direction: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-get-out-on-an-abusive-relationship-and-still-obtain-your-green-cardvawa-petitions
I am also moving this to "immigration law" as immigration attorneys should have the most experience and are best equipped to handle VAWA questions.
You will probably need an experienced lawyer to help you through this process.
Stay strong and stay positive -- the Violence Against Women Act is a powerful law on many different levels. It is a beautiful thing that our country has passed such a progressive and empowering law.
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Yes you can. You will need to document both by a psychologist and if there are incidents and/or police reports it will be helpful. Seek assistance of a lawyer to file for waiver of conditional residence based on the grounds that will excuse your joint filing. Good Luck.
I agree with the above responses. A typical case will also require letters, affidavits, and a detailed declaration from the victim. A shelter for victims of domestic violence in your area may be able to point you to either free or low cost attorneys.
This is not intended to be legal advice; please consult with an attorney regarding case specifics. This is general information. This response does not create an attorney-client relationship.
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