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Legal Statutes: Tennessee

UPDATED June 16, 2017

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Part 6. Domestic Abuse

back to top36-3-613. Leaving residence or household to avoid domestic abuse; self-defense

(a)  The petitioner's right to relief under this part is not affected by the petitioner's leaving the residence or household to avoid domestic abuse, stalking or sexual assault. 

(b)  The petitioner's right to relief under this part is not affected by use of such physical force against the respondent as is reasonably believed to be necessary to defend the petitioner or another from imminent physical injury, domestic abuse, or sexual assault. 

[Acts 1979, ch. 350, § 15; T.C.A., § 36-1215; Acts 1997, ch. 459, § 2; 2005, ch. 381, § 6.]