VAWA – which stands for Violence Against Women Act – applies to the spouse, child, or parent, who was battered or subject to extreme cruelty to file a self-petition independently of the abusive U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouse or parent. Despite of the name, “Violence Against Women Act”, the VAWA provisions apply to both women and men. If you believe you have been a victim of domestic abuse, be it verbal, emotional, or physical, contact us immediately, even if you are undocumented.