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November 9, 2021

What is the legal definition of abuse and aggravated abuse?

Someone abuses you when s/he causes “physical harm” to you. The law defines physical harm as an act that causes you pain or injury or that would cause a reasonable person to suffer pain or injury.1 When someone causes serious physical, bodily, or psychological injury to you, including with a deadly weapon or strangulation, it is known as aggravated abuse.2

1 Tenn. Code §§ 39-15-501(2), (9); 39-15-510
2 Tenn. Code § 39-15-511

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