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Updated: 
December 13, 2019

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

Domestic violence (for the purpose of obtaining a protection order) is when one of the following people repeatedly use physical force or psychological violence, intimidation or harassment in order to cause you (or another person) 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 residence;
  • a person with whom you have or have had a consensual relationship; 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)