domestic violence

noun
Updated on: 8 Feb 2018

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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First Known Use of domestic violence

1891


Law Dictionary

domestic violence

noun domestic vi·o·lence

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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