What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Connecticut?
This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a restraining order (also known as a relief from abuse order).
Domestic violence is when you are subjected to one of the following by a family or household member:
- a continuous threat of present physical pain or physical injury;
- stalking; or
- a pattern of threatening.* "Threatening" includes, but is not limited to, when the abuser:
- uses a physical threat to intentionally place or attempt to place you in fear of immediate serious physical injury; or
- threatens to commit any crime of violence with the intention of terrorizing you or with disregard to the fact that the threat can cause you to be terrorized.**
* C.G.S. § 46b-15(a)
** C.G.S. § 53a-62(a)