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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The bill passed in the House this year now includes a provision that would expand the definition of domestic violence in the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 to include violence against children and elders. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Congress tackles crisis of missing and murdered Native American women," 5 June 2019 Portwood was charged with domestic violence against her ex-boyfriend, Gary Shirley, in 2010. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "'Teen Mom' star Amber Portwood says she started taking pills at age 11," 28 Aug. 2018 In the second case, involving a community college football player who pleaded guilty to domestic violence, the recall campaign said Persky imposed a jail sentence that allowed the defendant to attend football practices. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fate of Judge Persky, symbol within #MeToo movement, heads to voters," 27 May 2018 The charges include domestic violence, which relates to an incident with his ex-girlfriend on February 11, as well as forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon. Jenna West,, "49ers' Reuben Foster Pleads Not Guilty to Three Charges Including Domestic Violence," 8 May 2018 Experiencing abuse from a partner when someone is young can lead to further problems down the road, according to Love Is Respect, like eating disorders, substance use disorder, and more domestic violence. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Teen Girls Are Killed By a Current or Ex Partner More Often Than We Think," 18 Apr. 2019 An unpublished study by criminologists at Mexico City’s CIDE research center and the National Autonomous University of Mexico found that 33% of prison inmates in Latin America had been exposed to domestic violence as children. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Mexico’s New Focus to Stem Violent Culture: Children," 26 Jan. 2019 The case raised awareness about domestic violence, garnering intense media coverage after a police photo of Rihanna’s battered face was published by the celebrity news site Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Singer Chris Brown Detained in Paris Over Rape Allegation," 22 Jan. 2019 Baltimore Police have suspended a detective who has been the subject of costly lawsuits after a Harford County judge issued an order barring him from carrying a gun when his children's mother leveled allegations of domestic violence and child abuse. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore Police detective suspended after judge orders him to give up gun in domestic violence case," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of domestic violence

1891, in the meaning defined above

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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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