What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence, also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse, is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. DV relationships may include current or former spouses, dating partners, girlfriends/boyfriends, fiancees, and individuals with a child in common.
Types of crimes that are charged in Domestic Violence
- Domestic Battery
May include hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, scratching, biting, strangling, hair pulling, grabbing, spitting, or hitting victim with an object.
- Damage to Property
- Unlawful Restraint
- Preventing a victim or witness from making a report
- Violation of a protection from abuse order
- Harassing by phone