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5 Common Myths about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions


The abuse must be physical. One requirement to qualify under VAWA is that the petitioner has been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty. Domestic violence may be physical, but verbal abuse or emotional abuse are also forms of domestic violence and depending on the specific circumstances, may amount to extreme cruelty.

Only women qualify for VAWA. Men are also victims of domestic violence and if they meet the requirements for VAWA, they may qualify for a self-petition.

There must be a police report. Although police reports will often demonstrate more than one of the requirements for VAWA such as residence with the abuser and battery or extreme cruelty, a police report is not a requirement to apply for a VAWA self-petition.

Immigration will contact your abuser. VAWA contains several confidentiality provisions making it unlawful for the government to contact your abuser or inform them you have filed a self-petition.

You must be married to your abuser. You may still qualify for VAWA if your petition is filed within 2 years of your divorce from your abuser. Additionally, you may qualify for VAWA if you believed you were married to your abuser, but your marriage was invalid or unlawful.

5 mitos comunes sobre las auto-peticiones de la Ley de Violencia contra la Mujer (VAWA)   

El abuso debe ser físico. Un requisito para calificar bajo VAWA es que el peticionario ha sido sometido a agresión o crueldad extrema. La violencia doméstica puede ser física, pero el abuso verbal o el abuso emocional también son formas de violencia doméstica y, dependiendo de las circunstancias específicas, pueden constituir a crueldad extrema.   

Solo las mujeres califican para VAWA. Los hombres también son víctimas de violencia doméstica y si cumplen con los requisitos para VAWA, pueden calificar para una auto-petición.   

Debe haber un informe policial. Aunque los informes policiales a menudo demuestran más de uno de los requisitos para VAWA, como el domicilio con el abusador y la agresión o la crueldad extrema, un informe policial no es un requisito para solicitar una auto-petición VAWA.   

Inmigración se comunicará con su abusador. VAWA contiene varias disposiciones de confidencialidad que hacen ilegal que el gobierno se comunique con su abusador o le informe que ha presentado una auto-petición.   

Debes estar casado con tu abusador. Aún puede calificar para VAWA si su petición se presenta dentro de los 2 años de su divorcio de su abusador. Además, puede calificar para VAWA si creía que estaba casado con su abusador, pero su matrimonio fue inválido o ilegal.

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