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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse, also called domestic violence, is when an intimate partner or family member assaults or injures, attempts to assault or injure, or threatens to harm you or the person you’re trying to protect, and that person’s actions:

  • Are meant to cause pain or injury or result in physical contact that offends you;
  • Place you in fear of immediate physical contact;  Involve pointing any firearm towards you, or displaying a dangerous weapon in threatening manner at you; or
  • Make it hard for you to breathe normally or limit your blood flow circulation

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