Domestic Violence Protection Order Process
Domestic Violence: An Overview
No one deserves to be abused. The laws of this state provide protection to people who are subjected to abuse. One of those laws is the Domestic Violence Protection Act.
In the following section, you will read information about how to get a domestic violence protection order. You may see terms that are unfamiliar to you. A glossary of these terms is included at the end of this section so you can see what these terms mean. But for now, there are three terms which you should know. These are "domestic violence", "family or household members", and "dating relationship".
The law defines "domestic violence" as:
Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, including sexual assault, stalking, OR the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault
This includes a wide variety of abusive behavior. Pushing, shoving, hitting, slapping, biting, choking or other conduct which causes harm or puts you in fear of being hurt at the time can be domestic violence. To be considered domestic violence, these actions must occur between family or household members.
Family or Household Members
Under the domestic violence law, this includes:
This means a social relationship of a romantic nature. The court will look at things like how long the relationship existed, the nature of the relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the parties.
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