An act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. “Domestic violence also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.”
A relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.
Power and Control Wheel:
Domestic violence is caused by a partner seeking power and control over the other. This wheel is a powerful tool the staff and advocates of SMRC use to help inform our clients and to help them recognize behavior they see with their partners. Some clients are unaware that they are even in a unhealthy relationship.