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Legal Information: Missouri

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 and due to stalking or sexual assault.

General information about custody with links to Missouri-specific 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 Missouri.

Basic information about a housing law that helps victims of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

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

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an 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.