Domestic Violence Is a Crime
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.
*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.