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February 2009 Archives

"Domestic Violence"? What does it mean?

One interesting area of domestic violence law is the domestic violence designation itself. Most people have a tough time wrapping their head around the term "Domestic Violence." This is more common when the charges associated with the domestic violence filing are not violent charges. The legislature has defined "Domestic Violence" in the Colorado Revised Statutes Title 18, Article 6, Part 8 as "an act or threatened act upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. "Domestic violence" also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship."