The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a landmark policy in the U.S. that meant to improve responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. As it relates to immigration, VAWA is a specialized law that allows the children and/or spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who is abusive to apply for a Green Card by petitioning themself. Through VAWA, an individual is able to apply for their Green Card without depending on their abusive spouse or parent to petition on their behalf, unlike other cases that are dependent on a petitioner. However, even though VAWA stands for Violence Against Women Act, you do not have to be female in order to qualify to petition on your behalf. Hiring an immigration attorney to assist with your VAWA application is the best way to make sure that your application is filled out properly with all the supporting documents and evidence so that you have the best chances of having your case approved. If you have suffered abuse at the hands of your parent or spouse, an immigration attorney can be your best bet at escaping from their abusive treatment and starting a life on your own as a Lawful Permanent Resident. If you are looking to apply for Lawful Permanent Residence under VAWA, read below to see how Brooks Law can help.