Domestic Violence / Family Abuse

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Domestic Violence comes in many forms.  It is not just about physical abuse.  Domestic Violence encompasses mental/verbal/emotional abuse, financial abuse, and sexual abuse as well.  It is abuse between family or related individuals.

 

Code Section 18.2-57.2 – Assault and Battery Against A Family Or Household Member

Any person who commits family abuse against a family or household member shall be guilty of a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

 

“Family abuse” means any act involving violence, force, or threat that results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury and that is committed by a person against such person's family or household member. Such act includes, but is not limited to, any forceful detention, stalking, criminal sexual assault, or any criminal offense that results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury.

 

“Family or household member” means the person’s spouse, whether or not he or she resides in the same home with the person, the person’s former spouse, whether or not he or she resides in the same home with the person, the person’s parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren regardless of whether such persons reside in the same home with the person, the person’s mother-in-law, father-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law who reside in the same home with the person, or any individual who has a child in common with the defendant, whether or not the person and that individual have been married or have resided together at any time, or any individual who cohabits or who, within the previous twelve months, cohabitated with the person, and any children of either of them residing in the same home with the person.