domestic violence

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

Behavior used by one person in a relationship to hurt or dominate the other. Domestic violence can include physical violence and sexual assault (which are crimes that can be prosecuted), intimidation, emotional abuse, and isolating the victim from others. Applies to partners whether they are married or unmarried, straight or gay, living together or simply dating.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.