It’s important that we share some hard-hitting statistics with you about criminal acts that have been hiding in the shadows for far too long. One of the most common crimes are those of passion between intimate partners that lead to domestic violence and abuse cases, especially affecting women.
Statistics have found that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men fall victim to these hostile circumstances. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 and 59 mean in the US alone have experienced violent sexual abuse in their lifetime. And finally, 1 in 6 women have been stalked while 1 in 19 men have.
Regardless of gender, the facts outline a major problem in our society — there has not been proper legislation in place to protect and defend people from these heinous acts. Thankfully, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been working to provide protections for both women and men and has since shifted the narrative.
Can VAWA Help Immigrant Victims of Violent Crimes?
Although VAWA sounds as if it would only apply to women who are victims of domestic violence and abuse, people who identify in different ways across the board are protected with this legislation — even if you’re from outside of the country. It just cannot be ignored that the demographic that is affected the most is women and when this law passed in 1994, the country established that this was a national priority, whether you’re a US citizen or not.
However, that does not mean that the justice system turns a blind eye to everyone else that deserves to feel safe at all times within their own communities as well and provides protection for any victim of domestic violence and abuse, even children who hold different citizenship statuses.
How Can a Lawyer Help Victims Get Out of a Violent Situation Before It’s Too Late?
There are so many complexities that are intricately intertwined into domestic violence cases including finances and economic control, manipulation, and social isolation. Our immigration law office specializes in helping victims of domestic violence free themselves of abusive, controlling partnerships that could eventually lead to many more heinous crimes.
First and foremost, we want you to know that you are not alone and most definitely supported on embarking on your new independent journey, no matter how far that may feel from where you may be now. Our goal is to ignite your personal power with the knowledge that the criminal justice system is here to keep you safe and protected through the correct legislation and legal processing.
Of course, documenting such facts all the time can be difficult and even scary to do. Although we always recommend starting with a police report, photos, or any other documentation that can begin creating a papertrail of all the violent encounters you may have experienced up to this point, the approach and organization of your files is everything.
While emotions are running high, it’s best to have representation stand up for you and provide professional assistance with gathering, organizing, and presenting proof to ensure that you reach the outcome that you truly desire.
Get Help Today, Not Tomorrow
Empire Law, Inc. is always there for victims of domestic violence. When you decide to call on us for help, we take your health, wellness, and safety seriously! You can trust that we will work tirelessly to not only use the laws and legislations that were put in place to protect you to your advantage. Whether your VAWA case is reviewed by an immigration officer or an immigration judge, the hiring of an experienced immigration VAWA attorney is the best way to ensure you put together the right evidence to win. With our team, you’ll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Please give us a call as soon as you can if you want to explore VAWA and how it can help you.