Domestic violence law guide

Details of states' victims' rights laws vary significantly

At least 14 states, the District of Columbia and a handful of municipalities have passed laws guaranteeing domestic violence victims (and in some states, victims of assault and stalking) time off from work to seek medical, counseling or legal help; meet with law enforcement officials and participate in court hearings; and find a safe place to live, according to Legal Momentum, a women’s legal defense and education fund.

The details of the laws vary significantly. California and Illinois provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year, and Colorado and Florida only require up to three days.

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