What is Domestic Violence?
“Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.”
“Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating.”
Ohio Revised Code Definition (ORC 2919.25):
The criminal law defines DV as doing any of the following to a family or household member:
Knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm
Recklessly causing serious physical harm
By threat or force knowingly causing another to believe the offender will cause imminent physical harm