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Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands
Updated: December 7, 2020
What is the legal definition of domestic violence?
This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a domestic violence restraining order.
U.S. Virgin Islands defines domestic violence as the attempt, threat, or act of:
- false imprisonment;
- destruction of property;
- unlawful sexual contact;
- coercion (forcing/pressuring/intimidating you into doing something);
- burglary/forcible or unlawful entry;
- assault/battery; and/or
- violation of a restraining order.1
1 VI ST T. 16 § 91(b)
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