Many states have added language to their civil protection order statutes to explicitly include animals.
This chart, prepared by Phil Arkow, offers a summary of these statutes and their provisions.
Every jurisdiction has criminal anti-cruelty laws on the books. These laws can provide an alternative avenue for prosecution, or for enhanced charging or penalties, in domestic violence cases. This chart, prepared by the Humane Society of the United States, summarizes each jurisdiction’s penalties for animal cruelty.