What is the legal definition of domestic abuse?
This section defines domestic abuse for the purposes of getting a protection order.
For purposes of getting a protection order, you must allege that the abuser has done one or more of these things to you:
- physically hurts you, tries to physically hurt you, or puts you in fear of physical harm;
- threatens you with serious physical harm;
- physical restraint (i.e., confines your movements or imprisons you in any way, such as locking you in a room);
- destroys or damages your property on purpose (maliciously); or
- injures, attempts to injure, or puts you or your minor child in fear that s/he will injure any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by you or your minor child.1
Note: The abuser must also have a specific type of relationship to you to qualify for a protection order.
1 TN ST § 36-3-601(1)