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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act provides increased protection for immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic abuse by allowing them to remain in the U.S. This act relaxed certain standards of cancellation of removal for battered immigrant women who are the spouses of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. For example, the amount of time required for being physically present in the U.S. was reduced to three years. Furthermore, it allows immigrant women to get a green card even if they divorced their abusing spouse without satisfying the 2 years conditional period requirement.