Spousal Abuse Petitions in Immigration Cases: Criteria in Psychosocial Evaluations (Update)

(682 Ratings)

Produced on: November 20, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

There are specific criteria and considerations in psychosocial evaluations for spousal abuse cases, specifically when handling immigration petitions. Here, attorney Mark Silver discusses how such cases are evaluated from a clinical perspective with the consideration for the client's immigration petition. He examines the cycles of abuse and the challenges the victim faces in the context of their marriage to an American citizen, as well as the major types of abuse and characteristics of abusers. 


Mr. Silver also discusses the connection of victims' psychological conditions to immigration cases and opines on who should undertake the clinical evaluations. He also addresses the steps to take in the event of a denial or RFE.


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Understand VAWA 

II.    Recognize the cycles of abuse in VAWA cases

III.   Identify why immigrant women are often targets for abuse and consider major visa issues

IV.   Address the major types of abuses 

V.    Profile an abuser

VI.   Understand the criteria for psychosocial evaluations, what questions to ask an abused client, and where said client can seek help  


Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

MARK SOLOMON SILVER is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has a Combined Specialist Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.  He has also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Certificate Program in Family Therapy at Smith College, and a Doctor of Psychology at the Southern California University for Professional Studies. In addition, Mark holds a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York, Queens College, and is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

Additionally, Mark has published more than a dozen papers on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various academic and practice journals, and has lectured on various aspects of these subjects. Mark is the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Fifth Edition. (2015). 


For the past ten years, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. To date, Mark has worked on more than 1000 such cases in forensic immigration and criminal practice and consultation. He has worked with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


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Janet T.

The topic was not at all within my area of practice, but the information given was well presented and valuable to life experiences.

Arianne U.

Mark Silver is so impressive. The more i get to see him in action, the more impressed i am!

Michele B.

even thought of things I would not normally, thank you

Bette B.

excellent info & presentation. all attorneys should have this book...

Theodore Z.

Interesting and informative

Amy E.

Very interesting

Khwaja A.

Mark Silver was very professional and his presentation of the topic Spousal abuse was highly relevant in the context of permanent Immigration for spouses who require help and support

Myrna A.

very helpful!

Sara L.

Very good lecture

Joseph Z.

Silver is outstanding!

Jeanette taylor J.

Very informative

Mike H.

not in an area I use but lots of great information

Amarante C.

The seminar was effective, well organized with written materials but was a tad boring.

Wayne A c.

Excellent presentation.

melvin f.

Good slides, good presenter,

William C.

Good for Family lawyers also.

Diane L.


Mary F.

Very well done.

Terry S.

Not an immigration attorney, but learned a lot about spousal abuse.

Holly R.

Well presented on a difficult topic. Good content for practitioners. Thank you!

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