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Updated: 
May 10, 2022

What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Minnesota?

For the purposes of getting an order for protection, “domestic abuse” is defined as any of the following acts if committed by a family or household member:

  • causing physical harm, bodily injury, assault or making you afraid of immediate (imminent) physical harm, bodily injury or assault;
  • terrorist threats, such as threats to commit a crime of violence, bomb threats, or showing (brandishing) a firearm;
  • criminal sexual conduct in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th degrees; and
  • interference with an emergency call, which includes preventing someone from calling 911 or other emergency phone numbers or interrupting/ending an emergency call.1

1 Minn. Stat. § 518B.01(2)(a)

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