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Updated: 
January 31, 2018

What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Iowa?

This section defines domestic abuse for the purposes of getting a protective order.  Domestic abuse is when someone who you have a specific relationship with commits assault against you,1 which is defined as:

  • any act that is intended to cause you pain or injury (and s/he seems to have the ability to commit the act);
  • any act that is intended to result in physical contact, which will be insulting or offensive to you (and s/he seems to have the ability to commit the act);
  • any act that is intended to place you in fear of immediate physical contact, which will be painful, injurious, insulting, or offensive (and s/he seems to have the ability to commit the act); or
  • intentionally pointing any firearm toward you or displaying any dangerous weapon towards you in a threatening manner.2

1 IA ST § 236.2(2)
2 IA ST § 708.1(2)