Domestic Violence Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Domestic Violence, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Domestic Violence?

n. The physical beating of a wife, girlfriend, or children, typically by the woman’s male partner although it can also include female violence against a male and is recognized as an antisocial mental illness. Women continue to endure this conduct or fail to protect a child due to her dependence, low self-esteem and/or fear of leaving. Consequently, battered women sometimes do not press charges or testify against their partner due to intimidation and misplaced love. Domestic violence is increasingly attracting the sympathetic attention of the courts, law enforcement, and community services.