Know the Laws: District of Columbia
Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.
Information about civil protection orders and moving in and out of state with a protection order.
State-specific information about custody in D.C.
This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent's consent.
General information about divorce with links to D.C.-specific divorce sites.
Information about housing-related protections for victims of domestic violence.
Confidentiality laws for victims at a shelter or on a hotline
Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in the District of Columbia and victim assistance programs.
If you are a victim of domestic violence or the abuser has a criminal record, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.
You may have a right to sue your abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.
Immigration information for victims of domestic violence, crime victims, and others.
Under federal law, which applies to all states, an abuser may lose his right to have a gun.
Information about military protection orders and confidentiality on military bases.
Information about tribal laws related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.
A get is a divorce under Jewish law.