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Updated: 
November 10, 2017

What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Louisiana?

This section defines domestic violence/abuse for the purposes of getting a protective order.  "Domestic abuse" includes, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts between "family members" or "household members" or "dating partners":

  1. physical abuse;
  2. sexual abuse;
  3. stalking, cyberstalking or any other offense (physical or non-physical) in the Criminal Code of Louisiana (except for negligent injury and defamation) - you can read the Criminal Code of Louisiana on the LA Legislature website; and
  4. elder abuse, which is defined as "abuse or neglect" of an adult committed by an adult child or adult grandchild.*

* LA R.S. 46:2132(4)