U Visa / VAWA
The U Visa protects people who were victims of a violent crime and who cooperated with the authorities after having suffered substantial physical or emotional harm. Examples of crimes that qualify for the U visa are: Domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, abduction, robbery with a firearm, etc.
VAWA allows spouses, childrens and parents victims of domestic abuse to apply for a special visa. Victims must apply for themselves, and don’t need to notify the abuser at all.