"Domestic violence" refers to many kinds of abuse committed by a
member of a family, a household, or an intimate partner against another
member of the family, household, or against the intimate partner.
"Domestic Violence" also refers to many forms of abuse committed by one
person against another in certain dating relationships or engagements.
You can seek a court order to protect you if your abuser
- harms you physically,
- tries to harm you physically,
- makes you afraid that serious physical harm is going to happen to you, or
- threatens, pressures or forces you to have sex.
This court order is to protect you from further harm. It is called an "abuse prevention order," a "restraining order," or a "209A."
is sometimes called "battering," and it also refers to abusive patterns
of power and control in family, household, and
intimate partner relationships.
Know Your Rights: Domestic Violence,
published by the American Bar Association, says that "Domestic violence
is a pattern of many behaviors directed at achieving and maintaining
power and control over an intimate partner, such as physical violence,
emotional abuse, isolation of the victim, economic abuse, intimidation,
and coercion and threats."