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Domestic Violence Laws

Victims of domestic violence are protected under both federal and state laws, and may seek relief in civil as well as criminal court. For example, victims may help law enforcement build a criminal case against their abuser while at the same time filing a civil lawsuit for assault and battery. Federally, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offers additional resources for victims of domestic violence. FindLaw's Domestic Violence Laws sub-section includes state-specific links to domestic violence laws, related information and forms; an overview of the federal Violence Against Women Act; information about criminal stalking; and more.

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