As a man he is in a tough situation.. A VAWA petition will not be approved for him. He should meet with a competent immigration attorney in his area to discuss all options that might be available to him in this situation.
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Regarding his immigration options, just because he is a man does not mean that he does not have options in a case stemming from an abusive marriage. Despite its name, "VAWA" is gender-neutral, so if there is enough evidence of abuse (emotional, physical, or other), he may be able to pursue a VAWA claim. He may also have other options, but without further details it would be difficult to offer information about them. I would suggest that he speak with an immigration attorney regarding his options, but he may also want to speak with a family law attorney to make sure his interests are protected in that area as well.