Legal Information: Iowa

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 protective orders, sexual abuse protective orders, and elder abuse protective orders in Iowa.

General information about custody in Iowa.

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.

State-specific information about divorce in Iowa.

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

If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, then it may be illegal for your 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.