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January 23, 2019

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