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Legal Information: Connecticut

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about restraining orders and moving to Connecticut or away from Connecticut with your restraining order.

State-specific information about custody in Connecticut.

This page has some general information (not state-specific) about when one parent takes a child out of the state or country without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about divorce in Connecticut.

A tenant who is the victim of family violence or sexual assault can vacate his/her rental unit if necessary to prevent immediate harm to the tenant or his/her child.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Connecticut and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

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