Domestic Violence: Common Definition


Domestic violence can be defined as:
  • A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
  • The use of abusive and violent behavior among people who are married, living together, or have an ongoing or prior intimate relationship.
  • Battery, which is a behavior that physically harms, arouses fear, prevents a woman from doing what she wishes or forces her to behave in ways she does not want, is the same as assault. Under Texas law, that includes causing pain. There does not have to be any visible injury at all.
  • Battering, intimate partner violence, spousal abuse, and family violence: they are all the same.
  • A slap is a form of assault. Texas law specifies that assault of another person, including one’s spouse, is illegal.