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Legal Information: Vermont
Updated: December 13, 2019
I do not have a relief from abuse order against the abuser, and s/he has not been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, is there anything I can do?
If none of these situations apply, you can still make a plan for your safety. See our Safety Tips page for more information. You can also contact your local domestic violence organization for additional help. You may want to talk to them about whether leaving the area - either long term or for a little while - might help improve your safety. See our VT Advocates and Shelters page to find a local domestic violence organization near you.
Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun under other circumstances. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.
For additional information on gun laws in Vermont, you can go to the Giffords Law Center website.
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