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Legal Information: Wisconsin

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 restraining orders based on domestic abuse, child abuse, harassment, and individual at risk restraining orders.

Information about custody in Wisconsin.

Brief information about child support in Wisconsin.

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.

Information about divorce in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s housing laws allow victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking to break their lease, get their locks changed, not be discriminated against in housing, and possibly defend themselves against an eviction court case.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Wisconsin 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.