The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a vital protection for immigrants facing abuse or extreme cruelty in the United States. VAWA offers a lifeline to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, ensuring they can break free from the cycle of violence without fear of deportation.

At the Law Office of Lina Baroudi, our VAWA lawyers are dedicated to supporting survivors with empathy and understanding.

We’ve seen firsthand the unique challenges survivors face navigating the immigration process, and we want to help you navigate it, prioritizing your safety and well-being every step of the way.

It’s easy enough to feel alone when you’re stuck in these situations – but remember, you’re not. Contact us today for a consultation.

How VAWA Works: a Pathway to Safety and Independence

VAWA is a groundbreaking law that protects abused individuals. If you’re an immigrant survivor, this act could be extremely valuable to you.

Our immigration attorneys are well-versed in VAWA cases and can guide you through the process with care and expertise. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens, as well as spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders), to apply for residency without their abuser’s knowledge.


Spouses of any gender can apply if a U.S. citizen or permanent resident has abused them or if their child has been abused. Parents can apply if a U.S. citizen has abused their child. Abused children under 21 can also apply, possibly extending the age limit to 25 if the abuse caused a delay.

The term “abuse” does not require physical abuse. VAWA requires that you prove abuse or extreme cruelty, which often includes psychological, emotional, verbal, and financial abuse. You may also be eligible for VAWA if your spouse, parent, or child is misusing the immigration process by threatening to withhold or withdraw your immigration petition or delay your green card application.

To apply, individuals need to submit specific forms and supporting documents. If their abusive spouse or parent has already filed forms on their behalf, they can request conversion to a VAWA petition. The process can be complicated, so legal guidance is recommended to ensure everything is done correctly and on time.

Benefits of VAWA Protection

As a domestic abuse survivor, VAWA provides you with key protections and benefits:

  • Civil rights restoration: If you’ve ever felt stripped of your dignity due to abuse, this act restores your basic civil rights.
  • Funding support: Don’t worry about financial burdens; plenty of funding is available for investigating and prosecuting violent crimes against women.
  • Established federal programs: Specific federal programs are established under VAWA designed to aid survivors like yourself.
  • Protection from Abuse: VAWA safeguards survivors by allowing them to self-petition for immigration status, reducing their dependence on the abuser, and providing a way to escape the dangerous environment.
  • Path to Legal Status: If you qualify under VAWA, you can obtain lawful permanent resident status, which grants you the freedom to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.
  • Confidentiality and Privacy: Our firm understands the sensitive nature of these cases, and we prioritize your confidentiality throughout the legal process.
  • Work Authorization: Upon approval, you can also apply for work authorization, opening up financial independence and stability opportunities.

At The Law Office of Lina Baroudi, we believe that everyone deserves safety and respect, regardless of their immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation. Our firm is a pillar of support for those seeking relief from abusive environments.

If you or someone you know is in distress, our team is ready to provide the guidance and advocacy needed to break free from the cycle of abuse and build a brighter, independent future under VAWA protection.

Our Approach: Compassion, Diligence, and Advocacy

At the Law Office of Lina Baroudi, we understand how difficult it is to navigate the complexities of immigration law, especially when you’re dealing with sensitive issues like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

That’s why we’re committed to providing compassionate, empowering advocacy for our clients. We’ll help you understand your rights under VAWA, guide you through the legal process, and fight for the protection you deserve.

Our approach involves:

  • Compassionate Listening: We take the time to hear your story, understand your unique circumstances, and offer empathetic support throughout the legal journey.
  • Thorough Assessment: Our attorneys comprehensively evaluate your situation to determine your eligibility for VAWA protection and chart the best course of action.
  • Strategic Advocacy: We advocate vigorously on your behalf, working tirelessly to secure the evidence and documentation necessary to build a strong case.
  • Empowering Guidance: We empower you with knowledge, explaining the process step-by-step and keeping you informed at every stage of your case.

We give you the tools and support you need to take control of your life. You aren’t alone—we’re here to stand by your side in your journey toward safety and freedom.

Contact Us Today: Reclaim Your Future

You’re not alone. In situations where you feel powerless, remember that there are people ready to help you regain control. If you or someone you know is facing violence or abuse from a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family member, our team at The Law Office of Lina Baroudi is here to provide unwavering support.

Let us help you find safety, security, and a brighter future through the protection offered by the Violence Against Women Act. Contact us today for a confidential consultation, and take the first step towards reclaiming your life.