My next few blogs will be covering Domestic Violence and Protection Orders, so lets start with the basic definition:
Domestic Violence law covers interactions between Family or Household Members
Under Washington State domestic violence law, this includes:
Wives, Husbands, and Partners.
Former Wives, Husbands, and Partners. (Separation/Divorce)
People with common children, no matter if married or not
Adults related by blood or marriage, (Stepbrothers, stepdaughters, etc)
Adults who have lived together (Roommates)
People 16 years old or older who were dating (The court will look at things like how long the relationship was, the nature of the relationship, and how often they were together.)
The law defines "domestic violence" as:
(a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members;
Any physical attack or other conduct which causes harm or puts the other in fear of being hurt at the time can be domestic violence. Choking is considered particularly bad.
So, "Domestic Violence" does not have to occur in the actual home, it could happen anywhere; the car, the workplace, a public park... the defining attribute is the relationship between the people, not geography.