domestic violence


Definition of domestic violence 

: the inflicting of physical injury by one family or household member on another also : a repeated or habitual pattern of such behavior

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Browner, 33, allegedly assaulted the woman — an ex-girlfriend who had a restraining order against Browner after a prior domestic violence incident — and threatened to kill her, according to La Verne police. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Former Seahawks CB Brandon Browner charged with attempted murder," 10 July 2018 His relationship with the victim had been violent before: He was found guilty of criminal mischief in October 2015 following a domestic violence incident with Archuleta-Blasier. Chris Harris,, "Mom-of-3 Burned to Death in Front of Young Sons by Her Boyfriend — Who's Now Sentenced to Life," 21 June 2018 The warrant categorized this as a domestic violence incident. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Crimes of Cobb: Man beats woman because he didn’t like what she cooked," 17 May 2018 Pleasant Grove police last year were called to Lindsey's home on a domestic violence incident involving Lindsey and her grandmother, said Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid. Carol Robinson,, "Pleasant Grove woman gets 10 years in prison for shooting up heroin while pregnant," 16 Apr. 2018 Sports explains the team’s history with troubled players: The Seahawks needed a backup after cutting Trevone Boykin over a domestic violence incident. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The Seattle Seahawks Pass on Colin Kaepernick to Sign a Quarterback Who Has Never Played in an NFL Game," 13 Apr. 2018 The report says the ex-wife had filed for a protection order against McCree and went to a police substation Saturday to report past domestic violence incidents. Houston Chronicle, "Former Texans safety Marlon McCree charged with assault after crashing into ex-wife's SUV," 10 Apr. 2018 Court records say they are related to a domestic violence incident in Sand Point. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Her brother started hearing voices. Then he disappeared in Anchorage.," 9 Apr. 2018 The domestic violence incident rocked the company and its employees. Sandy Bauers,, "How seven companies ran into roadblocks and navigated around them," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of domestic violence

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of domestic violence was in 1891

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Legal Definition of domestic violence 

: violence committed by one family or household member against another — see also restraining order at order

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