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February/March 2002Vol. 3, No. 2Online Database Contains Domestic Violence Statutes

Navigate to the website of the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for a comprehensive database of domestic violence statutes for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and most U.S. territories. Based on research conducted over the past 8 years, the database captures all significant domestic violence legislation and is updated every legislative session.

The database is meant as a reference tool and does not include the official text of the statutes. The Family Violence Department recommends consulting a lawyer trained on issues related to domestic violence for users seeking legal assistance. Additionally, a disclaimer notes that the information contained in the database is not exhaustive and should be verified with each State's legislative resources before relying on it.

The user friendly site allows a visitor to search statutes of a particular State by clicking on the appropriate location of a map of the United States. The database can also be searched for a word or phrase. For example, entering the search term "child abuse" produces references to nearly 600 domestic violence statutes that address the impact on child victims. Similar to Internet search engines, the results are ranked with check marks to indicate the best matches to the search term.

The domestic violence statutes database is made possible by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Originally launched in 1987, the Family Violence Department was created by the National Council to develop, test, and promote improved court, law enforcement, agency, and community responses to family violence.

Access the online domestic violence statutes database at:

Contact information:

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Family Violence Department
PO Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
Phone: 1-800-52-PEACE (1-800-527-3223)

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Search Children's Bureau Express for articles related to domestic violence (

Visit the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (no longer available) for the following related items:

  • In Harm's Way: Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment (Note: this is no longer available)
  • State Statutes Elements: Domestic Violence (Note: this is no longer available.)