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woman is acting like fear and raising palm,stop violence against womanDoes VAWA cover emotional abuse?

VAWA, or the Violence Against Women Act, is a comprehensive legislation enacted in the United States to address and combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. While VAWA primarily focuses on the physical aspects of violence, it also acknowledges the significant impact of emotional abuse on victims. Emotional adjustment is an essential aspect of VAWA, encompassing the psychological healing and recovery processes for survivors.

How do I adjust my status with VAWA?

To adjust your status with VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), you need to follow specific steps. First, file Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, along with supporting evidence demonstrating eligibility as a victim of domestic violence, abuse, or certain crimes.

Each case is unique, and therefore you must consult an immigration attorney to determine if you are eligible for relief based on VAWA.  Only when you immigration attorney believes it necessary, you will be referred to immigration psychologist for an immigration psychological evaluation.

What is a VAWA immigration psychological evaluation?

Immigration psychologists assess victims of domestic violence.  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which protects both  men and women.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, or psychological.

One of the primary roles of the immigration psychologist is to assess for psychological abuse.  This is a form of abuse in which one person in a relationship uses tactics such as manipulation, control, humiliation, threats and intimidation to harm the other person’s mental and emotional well-being. VAWA includes provisions that address psychological abuse and recognizes it as a form of domestic violence.

The psychological or emotional abuse purports to control and dominate the other person and it can have serious and long-lasting effects on a person’s mental health.  Psychological or emotional abuse can be just as harmful as physical abuse, resulting in mental health complications such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

What is the extreme hardship requirement for VAWA?

In a VAWA case, extreme cruelty can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, or psychological abuse such as manipulation, control, humiliation, threats and intimidation.

The immigration psychologist documents all abusive experiences, their frequency, their severity and their consequences on the victim. Based on that information, it is determined whether the domestic abuse entails extreme cruelty.

Extreme hardship refers to the way in which removal of the foreigner may affect the qualifying relatives.

What is the 2 year rule for VAWA?

The 2-year rule for VAWA, also known as the “battered spouse waiver,” is a provision that allows certain individuals to apply for lawful permanent resident status (green card) under VAWA, even if they entered the United States without inspection or overstayed their authorized period of stay. Generally, individuals who entered the U.S. without inspection or who have violated their immigration status are ineligible to adjust their status within the United States. However, VAWA provides an exception to this rule.

Under the 2-year rule, a VAWA self-petitioner who can demonstrate that they have been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent can apply for adjustment of status, regardless of their immigration violations. This provision is intended to protect victims of abuse and provide them with a path to lawful immigration status and protection.

How do immigration psychologists and immigration attorneys work together?

Immigration psychologists and Immigration Attorneys have a working relationship that must protect the independence of opinion and the objectivity of each professional.

Immigration psychologists must understand rules of admissibility to determine whether the testing and procedures used are valid and reliable enough to stand the scrutiny of the court and other experts.  Immigration psychologists must understand how to provide testimony as required by the case.

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