VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) is the Violence Against Women Act. Signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, this law allowed immigrant victims of domestic violence to apply for immigration status without relying on their abuser. In 2000, the law created the U and T visas as the new forms of immigration benefits for victims of violent crime and human trafficking. The law makes millions of dollars available for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. In addition, this law also created the Office on Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice.