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Legal Information: Delaware

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 civil protection orders, lethal violence protective order, and moving in and out of the state with a protection order.

Information about custody in Delaware.

Information about kidnapping and emergency custody.

General information about divorce in Delaware. 

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

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun. In addition, law enforcement can file for an order of relinquishment against someone who a mental health service provider believes may harm him/herself or others. 

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