What Constitutes Domestic Violence in New York?

Domestic violence (also known as “domestic abuse”) is characterized by verbal threats or physical maltreatment between two people with an intimate relationship. The people involved might be romantic partners, spouses, family members, or have a social relationship. They may have a child together, live together, or be dating.


A charge involving domestic violence does not at all necessitate a finding of any kind of physical injury. There can be many different types of situations where domestic abuse is the label that’s put on a particular offense. For example, a violation of an order of protection. If you go near somebody in violation of that order and that person is related to you as your spouse, as a family member, or as someone who you have a child in common with, even though you never even touched that person, you could still be charged with an offense that would be labeled domestic violence.

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