Legal Information: Virginia

Know the Laws

Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

Information about protective orders for family abuse and protective orders for an act of violence, force, or threat in Virginia.

Information about custody in Virginia.

Basic information about child support in Virginia.

Custody and kidnapping are complicated and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case.  The terms used on this page are defined generally, and may have different meanings in your state.  WomensLaw.org does not yet have information specific to Virginia.  The information below is general information.  To find a lawyer in Virginia who may be able to assist you, please visit the VA Finding a Lawyer page.

General information about divorce and links to divorce information specific to Virginia.

Any tenant who is a victim of family abuse, sexual abuse or another criminal sexual assault may be able to terminate his/her obligations under his/her lease or change his/her locks.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Virginia 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.