What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Indiana?
This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a civil order for protection. "Domestic violence" (also known as "family violence") is when a family or household member commits one or more of the following acts (except if the act is committed in self-defense) against you:
- Attempting to cause, threatening to cause, or causing you physical harm;
- Placing you in fear of physical harm;
- Stalking you;
- Causing you to involuntarily engage in sexual activity by force, threat of force, or duress;
- Committing a sex offense against you;
- Beating, torturing, mutilating or killing an animal with the intent to threaten, intimidate, coerce, harass, or terrorize you.1
In addition, for the purposes of getting a civil order for protection, Indiana law also includes victims of stalking and sex offenses that were committed by someone who is NOT a family or household member.1 See Orders for Protection due to Stalking or a Sex Offense for more information.
1 IC § 31-9-2-42