This section presents a sample of links to online Federal and State legislation and testimony.
Following are examples of specific enacted Federal laws concerning family violence:
To conduct a search of Federal legislation, visit the Library of Congress's Thomas Web site.
To learn about legislation that has been enacted or introduced in a specific state, conduct a search of the state's legislature Web site. See the State Legislatures Internet Links section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Web site to locate appropriate sites. NCSL may also be of further assistance in obtaining additional information about legislation at the state-level.
Also, the Department of Health and Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway has developed Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence, a factsheet that discusses laws that extend legal protection to children who may be harmed by witnessing acts of domestic violence in their homes. The issues examined include the circumstances that constitute "witnessing" domestic violence and the legal consequence to persons who commit the domestic violence, such as enhanced penalties and fines. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included