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Domestic Violence

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?” WHO WOULD BE INCLUDED IN “DOMESTIC”?

The State of Michigan Act creating the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board defines domestic violence as: The occurrence of any of the following acts by a person that is not an act of self-defense: causing or attempting to cause physical or mental harm to a family or household member; placing a family or household member in fear of physical or mental harm; causing or attempting to cause a family or household member to engage in involuntary sexual activity by force, threat of force, or duress; and/or engaging in activity toward a family or household member that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

“Domestic” is defined as “Family or Household Members", including:

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I (OR SOMEONE I KNOW) AM BEING ABUSED?

Seek help immediately! Call your local police. An Attorney also can assist you in getting a court order called a restraining order that orders the abuser to stay away from you.

Three national organizations can also provide information and help connect you to their local domestic violence or sexual assault agency: