What is a domestic violence crime?

A crime is considered domestic violence if the alleged victim is a family or household member.  Family or household members means spouse or domestic partners or former spouses or former domestic partners, individuals presently or formerly living together as spouses, natural parents of the same child, adult household members related by consanguinity or affinity or minor children of a household member when the defendant is an adult household member. For the purposes of Domestic Violence (DV) Assault, DV Criminal Threatening, DV Terrorizing, DV Stalking, and DV Reckless Conduct family or household members includes individuals presently or formerly living together and individuals who are or were sexual partners.

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