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December 9, 2020

What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Puerto Rico for the purpose of getting a protection order?

Domestic violence for the purpose of getting a protection order is when one of the following people repeatedly use physical force, psychological violence, intimidation, or harassment in order to cause physical harm to yourself, your property, or to another person in order to cause you severe emotional harm:

  • your spouse;
  • your ex-spouse;
  • a person with whom you share or have shared a home;
  • a person who you are dating or have dated; or
  • a person with whom you have a child in common.1

A person can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of his/her sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or immigration status.

1 See 8 L.P.R.A. § 602(q)

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