The Violence Against Women Act (WAVA) was established to provide protection for victims of domestic violence. Therefore, the spouses, children or parents of US citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents that have been the victim of domestic violence may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act. This petition can be filed without the abuser's knowledge. The goal is to provide you safety from the abuser and a legal status in the USA. The provisions of the Act apply equally to women and men.