domestic violence


Definition of domestic violence

: violent or abusive behavior directed by one family or household member against another He helped start Austin's Children's Advocacy Center, which works with abused kids, and a family-justice division of the D.A.'s office, which prosecutes those accused of domestic violence and helps their families get back to normal.— John Cloud a domestic violence hotline In another disturbing trend, women are victims of domestic violence that spills into the workplace.— Sarah Henry

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Recent Examples on the Web Her husband’s death inspired her to establish a fund that each year offers a grant to local nonprofits focused on issues such as children in need, education and domestic violence. Washington Post, "Delaware street renamed to honor slain trooper," 19 Jan. 2020 Hard liquor had replaced small beer and other much milder drinks during early American history, and especially after the Civil War, women said liquor was causing drastic increases in domestic violence. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "18 Things You Probably Don't Know About Prohibition," 17 Jan. 2020 People who knew the Hernandez family and are interviewed in the docuseries say that Dennis Hernandez could be violent, and that domestic violence was embedded into their family life. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Netflix Docuseries Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez Probes the Secret Life of the Convicted Killer and Ex-NFL Star," 15 Jan. 2020 San Antonio businesswoman Nuensie Suku claims to be a successful philanthropist who’s raised money for charitable organizations that combat cancer, domestic violence and child abuse. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio philanthropist’s charitable giving under scrutiny," 14 Jan. 2020 Building a shelter for trafficked children, displaced LGBTQ youth and women who have suffered from domestic violence. Essence, "Netflix Shares Trailer For Tyler Perry's 'A Fall From Grace'," 3 Jan. 2020 Tucker was indicted in August 2015 on a charge of second-degree domestic violence for the incident. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "What Happens When Sheriffs Release Violent Offenders to Avoid Paying Their Medical Bills," 31 Dec. 2019 One student chose a commercial screened during Super Bowl 49 about domestic violence. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, Longreads, "Witness Mami Roar," 28 Dec. 2019 After the sheriff’s office announced her death, hundreds of people donning purple ribbons that signify domestic violence awareness flockedto Lakefront Park in St. Cloud for a candlelight vigil. Cristóbal Reyes,, "Mother-in-law of missing woman found dead in St. Cloud arrested on evidence tampering charge," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

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“Domestic violence.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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