What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is abuse or threats of abuse when the
person being abused and the abuser are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, are dating
or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together). It is also when the abused person and the abusive person
are closely related by blood or by marriage.
The domestic violence laws say “abuse” is:
hurting or trying to hurt someone, intentionally or recklessly;
- Sexual assault;
- Making someone reasonably
afraid that they or someone else are about to be seriously hurt (like threats or promises to harm someone); OR
like harassing, stalking, threatening, or hitting someone; disturbing someone’s peace; or destroying someone’s
The physical abuse is not just hitting. Abuse can be kicking, shoving, pushing,
pulling hair, throwing things, scaring or following you, or keeping you from freely coming and going. It can even include
physical abuse of the family pets.