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Legal Information: Washington

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 orders for protection, sexual assault protection orders, extreme risk protection orders, and civil anti-harassment orders.

State-specific information about custody in Washington.

Brief basic information about child support in Washington.

This page has some general information (not state-specific) about when one parent takes a child out of the state or country without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about divorce laws in Washington. 

Legal information about housing to help victims of domestic violence in Washington.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Washington 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.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.