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Updated: 
May 17, 2021

What type of abuse can qualify me for a self-petition?

You must prove that you were the victim of “battery or extreme cruelty.” This is the phrase that is written in VAWA and it covers most forms of domestic abuse, including abusive acts that are not physical, such as threats to get you deported if you were to report the abuse to law enforcement. You should work with your domestic violence counselor to explain, in detail, all the kinds of abuse you suffered. If you are/were married to the abuser, you should also explain any abuse that your children suffered.1

1 8 CFR § 204.2(c)(1)(vi)