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Do I have to know the defendant?

You or your minor child or a minor child legally in your care, must have suffered domestic abuse from a person (the defendant), and you must be one of the following:

  • Married to or divorced from the defendant,
  • Separated from the defendant,
  • Adult relatives living together,
  • Living together,
  • Have lived together within one year of the assault, but not at the time of the assault,
  • Parents of the same minor child or children under age 18,
  • In an intimate or romantic relationship (the relationship does not have to be a sexual relationship), or
  • Have been in an intimate relationship and have had contact within one year of the assault.

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