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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In his most recent filing, the attorney cited between 23 and 39 visits from the Broward Sheriff’s Office complaining about Cruz over mental health and domestic violence issues. Rafael Olmeda,, "School discipline program spared Cruz, jeopardized students, lawyer says," 25 Apr. 2018 Minding the Gap is particularly concerned with domestic violence — Rockford has some of the highest rates of domestic abuse in the state of Illinois and in the country at large — and how generational patterns of abuse repeat themselves. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Lindsay is also an advocate for victims of domestic violence, and in recent years has opened up about her own experience of growing up in a household marked by domestic abuse. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Lindsay Wagner? Meet The Star of Hallmark's 'Mingle All The Way'," 1 Dec. 2018 Compared with other women in the U.S., Alaska Native women are 10 times more likely to experience domestic violence. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 This is about an abusive male grifter who uses the levers of the law and its many domestic violence–enabling loopholes to wreak havoc on the life of a deluded but innocent woman. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Dirty John, Connie Britton Brings a Cautionary Tale to Life—And According to Her, the Timing’s Never Been Better to Talk About Con Men," 23 Nov. 2018 Halle Berry, an Oscar-winning actress, is partially deaf in her left ear due to domestic violence. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Women overall are at a greater risk of rape and domestic violence. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 Troy's ex-city manager, Brian Kischnick, was fired March 11 by the Troy City Council after Kischnick was charged with domestic violence for repeatedly shoving to the ground his secretary after the two had been out drinking. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Troy city employee lawsuit for wrongful discharge," 14 July 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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domestic violence

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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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