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Victims of abuse and immigration

Some immigrants to the United States who are living in Florida also live in fear of domestic abuse. Many of these individuals may be reluctant to report their abuse or leave their abuser because they are concerned about losing legal status to remain in the United States. However, federal law provides protection for some abuse victims who may be able to achieve permanent resident status independently of their U.S. sponsor.

The federal Violence Against Women Act provides some protection for spouses, parents and children of citizens as well as spouses and children of permanent residents. These individuals who are being abused or treated with cruelty by their sponsor may be able to petition the U.S. government for permanent residency without the knowledge of their abuser.

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