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October 28, 2020

What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Arizona?

This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting an order of protection.

Arizona law defines “domestic violence” as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts:

  • physical assault, such as hitting or kicking;
  • threatening words or conduct;
  • intimidation;
  • harassment by phone and in person;
  • stalking;
  • photographing, videotaping, recording, or secretly watching you without your consent:
    • while you are in a private place (i.e., bathroom, bedroom) doing a private act (i.e., urinating, having sexual intercourse); or
    • while your breasts, buttocks, or genitals are exposed in a way that they are not normally exposed in public;
  • the unlawful distribution of nude/sexual images of you/your child;
  • endangerment (placing you at risk of immediate death or physical injury);
  • unlawful imprisonment;
  • kidnapping;
  • criminal trespass;
  • criminal damage;
  • disobeying a court order;
  • custodial interference;
  • negligent homicide, manslaughter and murder;
  • neglect, abandonment or cruel mistreatment of an animal;
  • preventing or interfering with the use of a telephone in an emergency;
  • abuse to a vulnerable adult or child;
  • certain crimes against children; and/or
  • disorderly conduct, such as:
    • fighting
    • reckless display of a dangerous instrument
    • discharge of a deadly weapon and/or
    • abusive language.1

Note: For the act to be considered domestic violence, you must have a specific relationship with the abuser, which is explained in Who can get an order of protection?

To read the legal definitions of these crimes, you can go to our Selected Arizona Statutes page.

1 A.R.S. § 13-3601(A)