• Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Toolkit
  • Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Violence Against Women Resource Library
  • Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Project
  • Building Comprehensive Solutions
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Legal protections available

The documents included in this section provide information about legal provisions, mainly Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigration laws, and international laws, that offer protection and assistance to immigrant women who are in domestic violence situations. Please note that some of the documents in this section may become dated over time because laws and regulations tend to change. For current resources, please visit ASISTALegal Momentum, the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, and Futures Without Violence.

"In the U.S., victims of crime, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status, can access help from law enforcement or the courts, as well as help provided by government or non-governmental agencies, which may include counseling, interpreters, safety planning, emergency housing and possibly monetary assistance" (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994, 2000, 2005, and 2013 reauthorization is a federal legislation that protects immigrant women from domestic violence and offers public assistance to immigrant survivors. The documents presented in this section are listed in chronological order and provide information on the history of VAWA and provisions made by VAWA.
U visa
The VAWA 2000 created U visa, which is a non-immigrant visa for victims of certain crimes, including domestic violence. This visa allows victims to reside legally in the U.S. while cooperating with law enforcement to prosecute offenders and prevent these crimes.

VAWA Confidentiality
VAWA’s confidentiality provisions generally prohibit disclosure to a third-party of any information relating to a noncitizen who is an applicant for relief under VAWA.
International Laws
Language Access Rights