National Institute of Justice

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Office on Women's Health


A domestic violence registry is a searchable database of individuals convicted of domestic violence. It is free and open to the public, similar to sex offender registries that exist in most states. The registry includes information such as the name, birth date, address, a physical description and recent photograph of the offender, a list of offenses for which the offender was convicted, and the date of each offense.

Domestic violence registries enable an individual to look up potential partners to make sure they do not have a domestic violence history. According to experts, domestic abusers often woo and charm their victims at the beginning of the courtship. The registry allows individuals to learn more about someone before the relationship becomes abusive. In addition, it allows domestic violence survivors to know the whereabouts of their former abuser.

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