What is Domestic Violence?
Often “domestic violence” is really “spousal violence,” which is an allegation that one domestic partner assaulted the other. This can include parties who are married, common law or in a sexual relationship but not cohabitating. By contrast, “family violence” is the term often used if the allegation is about one family member against another (e.g., a parent is charged with assaulting his or her child or a child assaults a sibling, parent or elder). Family violence allegations are handled by the same prosecutors and court as allegations of spousal violence.