Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”)
on Domestic Violence
Q: What is Domestic Violence?
A: Domestic violence is abuse between family members or related persons. Domestic violence may come in many forms:
Actual Physical Abuse
Threats of Physical Abuse
Threatening Telephone Calls
Disturbances at a Place of Employment
Dominance & Control
Domestic violence distinguishes from other kinds of abuse. Domestic violence cases may end in a civil harassment. At least one of the following relationship tests must qualify a matter as a domestic violence case:
The parties are now married or married to one another
The parties blood relation, marriage or adoption
The parties are currently or were living together
The parties have now or used to have a dating or engagement relationship
The parties have a minor child in common
In some states, there does not have to be actual physical violence between the parties. Emotional abuse or fear of physical harm is enough to qualify as domestic violence.