Legal Information: Hawaii

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 orders of protection due to domestic violence, which are issued in family court, and injunctions against harassment, which are issued in district court.

General information about custody, not specific to Hawaii, and links to Hawaii-specific custody information.

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.

Basic information about divorce in Hawaii.

Hawaii state law provides employment protections for domestic violence victims who need to take time off from work to handle issues related to domestic violence.

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

This section contains information about who is prohibited from having a gun or ammunition under Hawaii state gun laws. However, in addition to these state-specific laws, there are also federal gun laws that could apply. To fully understand all of the legal protections available, it is important that you also read the Federal Gun Laws pages.

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