Domestic Violence and US Law

Over the last few decades the need for stricter legal protections to safeguard women from domestic abuse and to adequately deal with the offenders was finally addressed by US lawmakers when they passed the Federal Violence Against Women Act as a part of a larger Crime Bill reform in 1994. This is however a set of Federal laws and some offenses may not be covered under it and the onus falls on the individual states to police many of these crimes instead. Laws from state to state do vary but for a large part they mirror many of the provisions of the federal law. maintains a complete database of state laws as they relate to domestic violence which you can access by clicking here.