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ISSUE DATE: 12/2018

For provisions relating to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determination for self-petitioned Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status by battered non-citizens, see 0011.03.21 (Non-Citizens - Victims of Battery/Cruelty).


The provisions apply to verifying domestic abuse relating to the Family Violence Waiver Option. See 0005.12.12.09 (Family Violence Provisions/Referrals).

A client who claims that he/she is a victim of family violence and wants to claim a Family Violence Waiver must provide documentation of the abuse.

Consider any of the following as acceptable verification of family violence:

Police, government agency, or court records.

Statement from a battered women’s shelter staff person or a sexual assault or domestic violence advocate with knowledge of the circumstances.

Statement from a professional from whom the client has sought assistance about the abuse.

Sworn statement from the participant AND sworn statement from any other person with knowledge of the circumstances.

Sworn statement from the participant AND any credible evidence that supports the client’s statement.

For the definition of a SWORN STATEMENT, see 0002.65 (Glossary: Suitable…).

You must help the client if he/she has difficulty in securing any of these items. You may also refer the client to a family violence advocate or legal services for help.

A client who claims good cause for IV-D and whose claim is approved may use the same documentation to verify family violence. Do NOT require the client to duplicate information already provided to the IV-D worker. See 0028.18 (Good Cause for Non-Compliance--MFIP/DWP).


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