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Legal Information: Louisiana
Updated: February 15, 2019
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":
- physical abuse;
- sexual abuse;
- 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
- elder abuse, which is defined as "abuse or neglect" of an adult committed by an adult child or adult grandchild.1
1 LA R.S. 46:2132(4)
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