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August 6, 2020

What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Minnesota?

This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting an order for protection. In Minnesota, “domestic abuse” is defined as:

  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault (such as hitting, kicking, slapping, pushing, stabbing, choking, burning) between family or household members;
  • Making a family or household member afraid of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, which includes threats of physical harm or assault;
  • Terrorist threats, such as threats to commit a crime of violence, bomb threats or brandishing (showing) a firearm;
  • Criminal sexual conduct committed against a family or household member by another family or household member (such as forced intercourse or forced sexual contact; or intercourse or any other form of sexual contact with a minor); or
  • 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)

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