Domestic abuse refers to the action, attempted action, or threatened act of violence against a person with whom the offender is or was in an intimate relationship with or lives in the same household. It also refers to crimes such as stalking, coercion or harassment of an individual in the same household or with whom the perpetrator has had an intimate relationship with. Coercion, in this case, includes forcing, intimidating, or threatening to use force to compel a person to engage in actions for which the person has a right to abstain or engage.
Any municipal ordinance violation against an individual or their property, including animals, whether as a mode of coercion, punishment, intimidation, revenge, or control, is also considered domestic abuse. Domestic abuse may also include violence against:
- Minor children belonging to either of the partners
- Animals owned, leased, held, or kept by either party or by children belonging to either party, whose attempted act, threat or action is intended to control, coerce, punish, exact revenge, or intimidate on either party or their minor children.