Documents for Proving Applicant’s Identity and Current Status
Evidence of Abuser’s Status
Proof of Relationship and Good Faith Marriage
Evidence of “residence with abuser” plus:
- Marriage certificates
- Birth certificates of children together
- Wedding photos and other photos of spouses together (before and after wedding)
- Letter from employer stating changed name or listed spouse as contact
- Photo IDs (with married name)
- Declarations from friends and neighbors
- Joint life insurance documents
- Joint health insurance documents
- Joint car ownership documentation and joint auto insurance
- Correspondence between spouses or between abuser & applicant’s family members
- Correspondence addressed to the couple
- Proof of vacations taken together
- Proof of major purchases made together
Proof of Residence with Abuser and Current Residence in U.S.
- Leases, deeds, mortgages with name (both names if for co-residence), rent receipts,
- Letters from landlord or neighbors at each address
- Tax returns (joint for co-residence)
- Insurance policies naming spouse as beneficiary
- Letters, cards, junk mail addressed to both spouses or different letters to each spouse at the same address
- Bills (such as gas, electric, water, cable, telephone, rent)
- School and medical reports
- Credit card bills
- Joint bank accounts
- Magazine subscriptions in both names
- Affidavits by people who knew that the applicant and abuser lived together
- Legal documents with both names
Proof of Good Moral Character
- Police clearance letters for every place applicant has lived for six months or more for the past three years, or affidavits explaining efforts to obtain such letters;
- FBI background check
- Awards, certificates of appreciation, etc.
- Letter from pastors, ministers, church or civic club officials
Documentation of Abuse or Extreme Cruelty
- Police reports (incident reports and victim’s referral card)
- Restraining orders or protective orders
- Photos of bruises, cuts, injuries, etc.
- Shelter or domestic violence center forms or letters from center counselors
- Medical records
- Physiological evaluations
- CPS reports
- Affidavits from friends, family, neighbors, or witnesses
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