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Updated: 
August 16, 2016

What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Michigan?

This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a domestic relationship personal protection order ("PPO").


A judge can issue a domestic relationship PPO when the judge believes that a current or former spouse, someone you have a child in common with, someone you are/were dating, or someone who lives/lived in the same household as you may commit 1 or more of the following acts:


  • Entering (unlawfully) onto premises;
  • Assaulting, attacking, beating, molesting, or wounding you;
  • Threatening to kill or physically injure you;
  • Unlawfully removing minor children from you when you have legal custody of them and removing them is not permitted in the custody or parenting time order;
  • Purchasing or possessing a firearm;
  • Interfering with your efforts to remove your children or personal property from premises that are solely owned or leased by the abuser;
  • Interfering with you at your job or school or acting in a way that harms your job or school relationship or environment;
  • Having access to information in records concerning a minor child of both you and the abuser that will tell the abuser about the address or telephone number of you/your child or about your work address;
  • Committing stalking or aggravated stalking against you (even if s/he is not arrested for those crimes);
  • Injuring, killing, torturing, neglecting (or threatening to injure, kill, torture, or neglect) an animal in which you have an ownership interest, with the intent to cause you mental distress or to exert control over you;
  • Any other specific act or behavior that interferes with your personal liberty or that causes a reasonable fear of violence.*

* MCLA 600.2950(1),(4)