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Know the Laws: District of Columbia

Know the Laws

District of Columbia

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  • State Law Overview

    Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

  • Restraining Orders

    Information about civil protection orders and moving in and out of state with a protection order.

  • Custody

    State-specific information about custody in D.C.

  • Parental Kidnapping

    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.

  • Divorce

    General information about divorce with links to D.C.-specific divorce sites.

  • Housing Laws

    Information about housing-related protections for victims of domestic violence.

  • Confidentiality Laws

    Confidentiality laws for victims at a shelter or on a hotline

  • Crimes

    Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in the District of Columbia and victim assistance programs.

  • State Gun Laws

    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.

  • Suing Your Abuser

    You may have a right to sue your abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.

Federal Laws

  • Immigration

    Immigration information for victims of domestic violence, crime victims, and others.

  • Federal Gun Laws

    Under federal law, which applies to all states, an abuser may lose his right to have a gun.

  • Military

    Information about military protection orders and confidentiality on military bases.

Tribal Laws

  • Tribal Law

    Information about tribal laws related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Religious Law