Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

TRO (Temporary Restraining Orders): The court has the power to issue temporary restraining orders at a separate “Order to Show Cause” hearing requiring one party not to contact, harass, assault or come near the other party or that person’s home or place of employment.

VAWA (Violence against Women Act) and Immigration Law: Immigration law generally requires an alien spouse to be petitioned by US citizen or lawful permanent alien spouse. VAWA, however, waives that requirement by allowing victims of domestic violence to self petition (Form I-360) for his/her own immigration benefits.