Legal Information: Rhode Island

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 restraining orders, workplace violence restraining orders, and moving in and out of state with a restraining order.

General information about custody in Rhode Island.

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 Rhode Island.

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

If you are a victim of domestic violence, 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.