Legal Information: Ohio

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 domestic violence protection orders and stalking or sexually oriented offense protection orders.

State-specific information about custody in Ohio.

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 Ohio.

General information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Ohio and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

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