State Resources


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Check out the following links for helpful legal resources. While the best resource for legal advice in your case will be a lawyer in your area, some of these links should provide you with a better understanding of your situation.

State Annulment Laws

Standards of Proof for Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders By State

Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders By State

States Permitting Or Prohibiting Mutual Protective Orders Without A Separate Petition

Immigration Benchbook For Juvenile and Family Court Judges

American Legal Guide On Recording Telephone Conversations

CA Family Law Case for Immigration Marriage Fraud

CA Judges Guide To Domestic Violence Cases: Immigration and Domestic Violence

Compilation of State Domestic Violence Laws

A Criminal Defense Attorney’s View Of The Domestic Violence Industry


Analysis of State Laws

i) Without Restraint: The Use and Abuse of Domestic Restraining Orders
(2010, SAVE)

ii) Expanding definitions of Domestic Violence, Vanishing Rule of Law
(2010, SAVE)

iii) Perverse Incentives, False Allegations, and Forgotten Children
(2010, SAVE)

iv) An Epidemic of Civil Rights Abuses: Ranking of States’ Domestic Violence Laws
(2010, SAVE)


Judicial Decisions

i) Crespo vs. Crespo: 2008
Ruled the “preponderance of evidence” standard of the New Jersey Domestic Violence Act was unconstitutional because it violates Constitutionally-protected parental rights.

ii) Woods vs. Shewry: 2008
Found that male victims of domestic violence are “similarly situated to women,” so California statutes that define only women as domestic violence victims violate equal protection.


Legal Organizations
American Bar Association, Commission Domestic Violence

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Family Violence Department


Additional Resources

For additional resources on dealing with false allegations of abuse, visit SAVE.

SAVE also has other information regarding domestic violence laws and policies.