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Domestic Violence Is a Crime

Written by Tana Carpenter. Posted in Resource Center

Domestic Violence is a Crime

According to Ohio law, domestic violence is:
• Knowingly causing or attempting to cause
physical harm.
• Recklessly causing serious physical harm.
• By threat of force knowingly causing
another to believe the offender will cause
imminent physical harm.
Domestic violence refers ONLY to family or
household members, defined as:
• A relative by blood or marriage who you
live with now or have lived with in the past.
• A partner you live with now or have lived
with within the past five years (this
includes same-sex couples.)
• Any person you were married to.
• Any person you have had a child with.
• A parent or foster parent.
If your abuser is not a family or household
member, Ohio’s assault or stalking laws may apply

According to Ohio law, domestic violence is:

  • Knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm.
  • Recklessly causing serious physical harm.
  • By threat of force knowingly causing another to believe the offender will cause imminent physical harm. Domestic violence refers ONLY to family or household members, defined as:
    • A relative by blood or marriage who you live with now or have lived with in the past.
    • A partner you live with now or have lived with within the past five years (this includes same-sex couples.)
    • Any person you were married to.
    • Any person you have had a child with. 
    • A parent or foster parent.If your abuser is not a family or household member, Ohio’s assault or stalking laws may apply.

*Danger often increases once a marriage or relationship ends or a couple is separated. Legal options may offer some protections but are not a guarantee of safety. It is important to safety plan while using either the civil or criminal legal system. Contact your local domestic violence program to learn more about safety planning.

 

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