Legal Information: New York

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 and moving in and out of state with an order of protection.

Information about custody in New York.

Basic information about child support in New York.

Information about parental kidnapping and emergency custody in New York.

Information about divorce in New York.

Information about housing-related protections for victims of domestic violence.

You cannot be discriminated against by an employer due to your status as a domestic violence victim.

Information about crimes an abuser may have committed in New York and victim assistance programs.

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

General information about your right to sue an abuser for medical costs, destroyed property, or other damages.