Legal Information: Rhode Island

Know the Laws - By State

Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

Information about restraining orders and moving in and out of state with a restraining order.

General information about custody in Rhode Island.

Custody and kidnapping are complicated and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case. The terms used on this page are defined generally, and may have different meanings in your state.  Please check with a lawyer about your specific state's laws.

Basic information about divorce in Rhode Island.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Rhode Island and victim assistance programs. (SS for review and updating Spanish links)

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.