The sentencing of an individual convicted of domestic violence in the U.S. can vary widely in terms of the type and severity of the punishment to be chosen in order to address this serious offense. As such, domestic violence abuse might be punished more or less severely based on the particular jurisdiction where the offense occurs. That being said, what degree of regularity may be found in domestic violence sentencing can stem from the various Federal laws which have been passed as to this kind of crime.
When studying Federal laws pertaining to domestic violence abuse, this should always be carried out with the caveat that these laws may not apply at all or may apply only under certain circumstances. The main framework for federally-based prosecution against domestic violence derives from the Violence Against Women Act. This legislative package includes the Interstate Travel to Commit Domestic Violence and Interstate Stalking.