domestic violence


domestic violence
domestic vi·o·lence n: violence committed by one family or household member against another see also restraining order at order

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

domestic violence
n.
Violent physical behavior committed by one family member against another.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


domestic violence
Behavior used by one person in a relationship to hurt or dominate the other. Domestic violence can include physical violence and sexual assault (which are crimes that can be prosecuted), intimidation, emotional abuse, and isolating the victim from others. Applies to partners whether they are married or unmarried, straight or gay, living together or simply dating.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Divorce & Family Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


domestic violence
Any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household on another can constitute domestic violence.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


domestic violence
Any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household on another can constitute domestic violence.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

domestic violence
n.
   the continuing crime and problem of the physical beating of a wife, girlfriend or children, usually by the woman's male partner (although it can also be female violence against a male). It is now recognized as an antisocial mental illness. Sometimes a woman's dependence, low self-esteem and fear of leaving cause her to endure this conduct or fail to protect a child. Prosecutors and police often face the problem that a battered woman will not press charges or testify due to fear, intimidation and misplaced "love." Increasingly domestic violence is attracting the sympathetic attention of law enforcement, the courts and community services, including shelters and protection for those in danger.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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