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 August, McKenzie was charged with assault and intoxication in a domestic violence incident. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "5 of the 6 killed in Utah highway crash were from Honduras," 22 Oct. 2018 Because of the injury, he was booked for felony domestic violence, but the case will likely be downgraded to a misdemeanor because the injury was minor. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "‘America’s Got Talent’ Standout Michael Ketterer Has Been Arrested for Domestic Violence," 21 Sep. 2018 Three also were arrested on unrelated charges stemming from warrants — one a felony domestic violence charge out of Maine. Christine Dempsey,, "Nine Charged With Prostitution In Sting After Complaints From Community, Hartford Police Say," 28 June 2018 Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, was arrested days later and charged with felony domestic violence; the case was subsequently dropped. Bryan Smith, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Lisa Bloom Bounced Back From Defending Harvey Weinstein," 8 June 2018 San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster is expected to rejoin the team for OTAs on Thursday after a judge dismissed two charges of felony domestic violence on Wednesday. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "San Francisco 49ers Reuben Foster has felony domestic violence charges dropped," 24 May 2018 Jeanette Hale was charged with felony domestic violence, plus two drug charges. Ashley Remkus,, "Sword-wielding wife fatally stabbed husband while he played guitar, sheriff says," 19 Apr. 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend, authorities said. Houston Chronicle, "49ers' Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence," 12 Apr. 2018 Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, is accused of felony domestic violence and was released from jail on $50,000 bail shortly after being arrested, police said. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Trey Songz arrested after allegedly punching woman at Los Angeles party, police say," 20 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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