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What constitutes domestic violence?

Must you be married or in a relationship for a crime to be considered domestic violence? A female roommate of mine is claiming domestic violence because she got in the way while I was fighting with a third, male roommate.

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    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    If you are living with someone, who is not even a relative, that is sufficient for it to be considered domestic violence. This even goes so far as ex-girlfriends or spouses, who are not even living with the accused anymore.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 7/10/2013
    Eric Sterkenburg | Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    16478 Beach Boulevard, No. 329
    Westminster, CA 92683
    (562) 477-6940
    Penal Code 273.5 pc Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant Penal Code 273.5 makes it illegal to inflict a "corporal injury" resulting in a "traumatic condition." A person commits this crime by striking his/her intimate partner in some violent way and causing a visible injury, even a slight one such as swelling or a bruise. This California domestic violence law can be charged if the alleged victim is a current or former spouse or cohabitant or the parent of your child. Penal Code 243(e)(1) pc Domestic Battery Penal Code 243(e)(1) makes it a misdemeanor crime to inflict force or violence on an intimate partner a category that includes your fiance, cohabitant, the parent of your child, or your current or former spouse or dating partner. Unlike Penal Code 273.5, this California domestic violence law does not require a visible injury.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 7/10/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Domestic violence covers anything that happens among housemates or people in a relationship.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 7/10/2013
    Jeff Yeh | Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    3810 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1110
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 446-2495
    You must be in a relationship, or it must be your relative.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 7/10/2013
    Thomas E. Gates | Gates' Law, PLLC
    651 Strander Blvd., Suite 209
    Tukwila, WA 98188-2953
    (253) 332-7899
    The more touching of another (including their clothing) is Assault 4 if they found it offensive. A marriage or relationship with Assault 4 is a DV. Your fight with the male roommate could be considered domestic violence. The circumstance of the female getting hit needs more information.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 7/10/2013
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